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Pakistan’s economic situation changing now, asserts Imran

The day is not far when Pakistan would be standing equally in ranks of developed countries, says PM in Eid Al Adha message; govt reduces reliance on presidenti­al ordinances for doing legislatio­n

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that without the spirit of sacrifice, a nation could not aspire to achieve developmen­t as the very human essence had a global significan­ce, adding the economic situation with which the country was confronted, had been changing now.

In a message on the occasion of Eid, the prime minister conveyed his felicitati­ons to the citizens of Pakistan, and the Muslim world, The Nation reported on Wednesday.

The country’s economy was put on the right track and as a result of government’s steps, the economic indicators were showing positive trends, he added.

The prime minister said through different schemes launched by his government, the people were being provided with relief.

“The day was not far when Pakistan would be standing equally in the ranks of developed countries and the whole nation would feel pride among the comity of nations,” said Imran.

The prime minister said sacrificin­g an animal on this holy festival manifested that a person has to sacrifice human desires for the achievemen­t of the highest ideals. “Such a passion generated a quality in humans that would not let them sidetrack from the right path, he said on Tuesday.

Khan opined that it was the passion that helped the Pakistani nation to save itself from the global coronaviru­s pandemic with wisdom, national strategy, and patience.

A couple of months ago Imran responding to the question of a caller, the prime minister said there has been record production of some major crops including wheat, rice and maize. He regreted that the agricultur­e sector was ignored in the past but now the government is paying atention to its developmen­t on modern lines.

He said steps are being taken to provide farmers direct access to the markets. “We are also establishi­ng nine hundred new storage facilities. More loans will be given in the agricultur­e sector, which will benefit the farmers.”

Imran said his government has started work on ten dams, which will be completed in ten years’ time. This will enhance our water storage capacity, he added.

The prime minister said telemetry system will be introduced to ensure fair distributi­on of water amongst the provinces.

The federal government has significan­tly reduced its reliance on presidenti­al ordinances for doing legislatio­n during the third parliament­ary year of the National Assembly as compared to the previous year when the ordinances had outnumbere­d the laws passed by the parliament.

The official data shows that during the third parliament­ary year ending on Aug.12, the government has so far promulgate­d 18 ordinances, including the three controvers­ial ordinances seeking changes to the country’s election and tax laws.

Last year the government had mostly depended on promulgati­on of ordinances for doing legislatio­n and issued as many as 31 ordinances, while the government during its three-year tenure has promulgate­d a total of 56 ordinances so far.

The most controvers­ial among the 18 ordinances promulgate­d this year were the ones seeking amendments to the Election Laws 2017 and the Tax Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2021.

In February, the government promulgate­d the ordinance amending the Elections Act 2017 for the use of an “open and identifiab­le ballot” in the Senate elections, which were to be held in March.

The text of the one-page ordinance, titled the Elections (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, had been released by the then informatio­n minister Shibli Faraz through his official social media account on Twiter, hours ater Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhuto-zardari had told a presser that any such move by the government would be “illegal and unconstitu­tional” as it would amount to influence the Supreme Court dealing with the government reference seeking open ballot in the Senate elections.

The government had obtained the federal cabinet’s approval of the ordinance through circulatio­n.

The text shows that the ordinance has “come into force at once”, but an amendment to Section 122 of the Elections Act 2017 made it conditiona­l to the final decision of the Supreme Court on the presidenti­al reference. The court later dismissed the reference and sent the mater back to the parliament.

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A woman takes a selfie with her friends after offering Eid Al Adha prayers at the historical Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on Wednesday.
Agence France-press ↑ A woman takes a selfie with her friends after offering Eid Al Adha prayers at the historical Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on Wednesday.

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