From creating a Riasat-i-Madina like environment in the country to taking care of the poor, Prime Minister Imran Khan talked about the problems being faced by the country and pledged to solve them.
The premier was interacting in a live television programme – Aap ka Wazir Azam Awam kay Sath – over phone and answered the callers. Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Chairman Senator Faisal Javed Khan acted as a moderator.
Prime Minister Imran Khan pledged that coronavirus vaccine will be administrated on the basis of criteria set by the government and “without any discrimination between the rich and the poor.”
He said that first priority will be given to the frontline health workers, including doctors and paramedical staff, treating coronavirus patients. In the second phase, people of the age of 60 years and above will be inoculated.
He assured the people that the PTI government will not discriminate between the rich and the poor in vaccination programme.
Talking about developing Pakistan into a welfare state according to the teachings of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him), he said the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) in his last sermon gave a charter for humanity. Many countries in the world have adopted the principles given by him and brought prosperity to their people.
Imran said rule of law and care of the poor was the foremost priority in the Riasat-i-Madina. He deplored that our rulers did not follow those principles and plunged the country into chaos. He said developing Pakistan on the principles of the State of Madina was a struggle and revolution cannot be brought overnight.
The prime minister announced introducing a special subject on the life of Holy Prophet (PBUH) in the school syllabus to inculcate the teachings of the Prophet (PBUM) among the youth.
He said the trend of blasphemy, which causes a lot of pain to Muslims across the world, began in the West after Salman Rushdi published a book in 1989. He lamented that this so-called “freedom of expression” is hurting the sentiments of the Muslims.
He said the West did not fully understand the religious sentiments of the Muslims and reverence they have towards Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Prime Minister Imran Khan said he raised the issue at OIC and UN General Assembly and was also joined by Dr Mahathir Mohammad and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He sought the support of the global bodies to put an end to such a negative trend. He stressed that the Muslim world should raise a strong unanimous voice on the subject to make the West realise the gravity and seriousness of the issue.
On Gilgit Baltistan, he said that the mountainous region can be turned into a major tourism hub of the country. He quoted the example of Switzerland which is half the size of Gilgit Baltistan and earns $80 billion annually through tourism.
The premier said the government will turn Gilgit Baltistan into major tourist destination of the country because it is more beautiful than Switzerland.
On his slogan of “change” in the country, he said the reforms in the government’s institutions cannot be brought through a “magic wand”.
When the PTI came into power, people thought it will bring change overnight. But it can happen in fairy tales.
Imran Khan said changing the existing system is more difficult and time taking than building a new structure. The past two regimes ruined every institution of the country, the prime minister concluded.