Minister woos Pakistanis in the diaspora
GOVERNMENT WANTS TO INCREASE WORKERS’ REMITTANCES TO $30B
Pakistan Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said there is no room for corruption and money laundering in the country, and the government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan is determined to promote good governance and the rule of law.
He stated this while addressing a large gathering of members of the BritishPakistani community, at Pakistan’s High Commission in London, on Friday evening.
‘Success of middle class’
Hussain who is currently visiting the UK, thanked overseas Pakistanis for playing an important role in supporting the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party and its leader Imran Khan in the elections in Pakistan.
He said the people, particularly overseas Pakistanis and the middle class had supported and voted the PTI and its leader to bring about change and uphold rule of law.
“This is also a success of the middle class in the country,” he said.
The minister said, due to prudent economic policies of the present government, workers’ remittances and exports had increased.
He added Pakistan had arranged $12 billion (Dh44 billion) to bridge the balance of payments and now the issue was resolved.
He said Pakistani workers’ remittances remained $20 billion per annum and the government wanted to tap its full potential by facilitating the overseas Pakistanis, encouraging them to avail official channels for money transaction.
“We want to increase workers’ remittances to $30 billion per annum, besides providing incentives to export oriented industries like textile, leather and sports goods for reducing trade deficit of the country in three years,” he remarked.
He said it was the policy of the PTI government led by Imran to uproot corruption, eliminate money-laundering and ensure good governance and rule of law to achieve these objectives.
Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Mohammad Ayub also spoke on the occasion.