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Country facing societal crisis: Fawad


LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Sunday said there was no administrative crisis in the country rather it was societal one as some elements wanted to gain political gains in the name of religion.
Addressing a press conference here, he said it was the responsibility of people at the helm of state affairs to take ownership of the ideological narrative. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government would move ahead in that regard, following the prime minister’s vision to make the country a Madina-like state, he added.
He said a state, which did not protect the rights of minorities, could not be one like the State of Madina. With the grace of Allah Almighty, Pakistan would become a progressive and welfare country, he added.
The minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan was the only leader, who had taken ownership of 2.5 million children of Madaris (religious seminaries).
He said it was only Imran Khan, who had shown concern about the workers and the poor people, who were forced to spend nights in the open on roads in all weather conditions. The prime minister wanted to improve the living standards of the poor segments of society and slum dwellers, who had not got attention of the past rulers, he added.
Fawad said it was the vision of Imran Khan to give houses to the homeless salaried persons, who earned up to Rs 40,000 per month.
He said the prime minister had no personal agenda like that of the opposition leaders and his politics was only for the country’s progress and prosperity.

Replying to a question, the minister said Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, who remained head of the Kashmir committee for many years, had never protested about Indian atrocities against the people of held Kashmir. “All is well for the Maulana if he is in the government; and everything is bad for him if he is not part of the government,” he added.
Fawad said differences do emerged in parties. However, there was no crisis in the PTI as the whole party was united under the leadership of Imran Khan.
The minister said the initial crisis, which the PTI government faced, was about the payment of loans. About 84 per cent of the total loans were acquired by the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz governments.
The country would not have needed to beg If the huge loans were recovered from the two parties, he added.
He said when corruption was brought under discussion in the parliament, the opposition got disturbed its atmosphere. However, it would be an injustice to the voters if the PTI government did not take up the issue. Without holding the powerful accountable, justice could not be ensured in the country, he added.
The minister said the current state narrative was to revive the dignity and honour of the country and make it a welfare state as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan by ensuring rule of law.
To a question, he said it was strange the degree of the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) director general degree was valid when he had recovered Rs 4.5 billion in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which had now turned into a fake one when he had arrested Shehbaz Sharif.
To another query, he said the prime minister had given clear instructions that the anti-encroachment operation should not be carried out in slums and localities of the poor.
Responding to a query about the advertisements, he said the previous government used ads for corruption and for personal projection. He announced providing of health cards of Rs 487,000 to the media persons registered with the journalist organizations.
The minister said the PTI must get chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee as it was illogical that the younger brother was assigned the task of conducting audit of the projects carried out by the elder brother.
Fawad said the birth anniversary of the beloved Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) would be celebrated at the government level with great reverence. Prime Minister Imran Khan would inaugurate the Rehmatul-il-Alameen Conference on November 20 while President Dr Arif Alvi would be the chief guest at its concluding session on November 21. The Imam-e-Ka’aba, and other personalities, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mufti of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would attend the conference and shed light on different aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
Besides other programmes, a Mehfil-e-Sama would be organised in Lahore, he added.
The minister said the Pakistan Television and Radio Pakistan would organize Naat-e-Rasool-e-Maqbool (SAWW) competitions and other programmes.

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