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
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.