Min­is­ter woos Pak­ista­nis in the di­as­pora


Gulf News - - Pakistan -

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.

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