PM Imran Khan addresses the nation, announces economic relief measures
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced a reduction in petrol and diesel prices by Rs 10, per liter respectively and electricity by Rs 5 per unit, saying that these prices will be maintained till the next budget. PECA law does not pose a threat to independent journalism and media, but has a purpose because even the Prime Minister is not being spared in this country by this law. Apart from making the IT sector tax-free, it has also abolished full tax on foreign exchange, while under the industrial policy, there will be no question of anyone investing now.
According to details, addressing the nation, the Prime Minister Imran Khan said that at present the biggest problem in the country is petrol and diesel and if their prices increase further then the people will be burdened but I want to say that today Petrol and diesel prices in Pakistan are also lower than other countries in the world and Pakistan ranks 25th in the list of 190 countries where petrol and diesel prices are lowest.
PM said that at present the price of petrol is Rs 260 per liter in India, Rs 185 per liter in Bangladesh and Rs 200 per liter in Turkey but if the government of Pakistan abolished the subsidy of Rs 70 billion given every month on petroleum products, the price of petrol here should be Rs 220 per liter.
The Prime Minister said that the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has sent me a summary in which it is proposed to increase the price of petrol and diesel by Rs 10 per liter but I want to give good news to the nation that we are reducing the price of petrol and diesel by Rs 10 per liter.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that electricity prices are also worrisome for the people and if dams were built in Pakistan, very cheap electricity could have been obtained, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is going to build dams and very cheap electricity will be available and world conditions will not affect the prices.
We have decided to reduce the price of electricity by Rs. 5 per unit for the convenience of the people. Everything is expensive due to electricity, petrol and diesel so we will not increase the price of these items till next budget. In addition, the amount of Rs. 12,000 received by the beneficiaries under Ehsas program has been increased to Rs. 14,000.
The Prime Minister said that the situation in the world was changing rapidly and its effects on Pakistan were being felt. When it comes to foreign policy, I first visited China and then Russia which were very important and Pakistan has gained a lot from them.
“My parents were born slaves in India and when I was growing up I was made to feel lucky to be born in a free country,” he said. Ever since the beginning of politics, I have wanted Pakistan’s foreign policy to be independent, which means that foreign policy should be made with its nation’s interests in mind and not for the benefit of any other country.
We participated in the war on terror with the United States. I used to say from the beginning that we had nothing to do with this war because no Pakistani was involved in 9/11. Unfortunately 80,000 Pakistanis were martyred, 3.5 million people were displaced, the tribal area was destroyed, more than one and a half billion dollars was lost but even more shameful was that for the first time in the history of the world, a country that is fighting in support of another country is being bombed, More than 400 drone strikes were carried out in our country. It is said that dictators are easy to use for superpowers but there were 10 drone strikes under General Musharraf regime and 400 drone strikes under Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif regime.
When Bill Gates visited Pakistan, specifically asked what steps to take to tackle a challenge like the Corona virus, he also visited the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) and praised it. He also praised the fact that on the one hand there we were fighting against corona virus and on the other hand there was no any case of polio. In addition, our Ehsas program was included in the four best programs in the world. Have the rulers before us ever been praised globally? The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom praised Pakistan at the UN General Assembly on the issue of climate change.
Corona caused inflation and then came the crisis in Afghanistan, People there started buying dollars, and dollars were bought from Pakistan which increased the burden on our rupee. But even in these difficult times, Pakistan’s growth rate was 5.6% which was achieved in the last year of PML-N with deficit and debt but the PTI did so in the first three years of its regime, despite all the challenges.
Overseas Pakistanis played a key role in improving the growth rate and remitted 31 billion dollars to Pakistan. In addition, most exports were made in the history of Pakistan, I am proud that Pakistan had the highest number of exports in its history, then no one could have imagined that Rs 6,000 billion would be collected in taxes during the lockdown, this is a record in the history of Pakistan that tax collection has increased by 31%.