PM Imran Khan said on Thursday that Pakistan is still a victim of “elite capture,” which had made the middle and lower classes unable to pursue growth and development.
The prime minister said that the government anticipates the continuing uproar from former rulers around the country as they are kept responsible for the wrongdoings committed during their three-decade reign. Mr Khan said that believing they were above the rules, the leaders of all opposition parties banded together to form the Pakistan Democratic Movement to demand the NRO.
“My commitment is to bring the elite and powerful under the rule of law and support the poor segments of society to make Pakistan a truly welfare state,” says the PM.
The prime minister was speaking at the Raiwind inauguration of a low-cost housing scheme, which he also practically inaugurated in Chiniot, Dera Ghazi Khan, Chunian, Khanewal, Khushab, Mandi Bahauddin, Mianwali, Jalalpur Pir Wala, and Sargodha.
PM imran Khan said that successive governments had utterly neglected the common man, claiming that the rich had isolated their educational and health establishments and left the public sector’s educational and health facilities to decay. He regretted that the law of the land was not strict enough to save powerful people in Dubai and London from stealing public wealth and constructing palaces.
He said that unplanned shanties and katchi abadis mushroomed in Lahore and Karachi, destroying the sewerage infrastructure and polluting the groundwater table, resulting in diseases and misery. On the other side, he said, the qabza mafia appeared and teamed up with the judiciary and police to unlawfully seize lands belonging to the poor and the government.
He added that the land-recovery lawsuits had been lingering in courts for decades. Regretting that no one had thought of assisting the poor and government employees in realizing their hopes of owning a home, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the Naya Pakistan Housing Project had designed low-cost housing, providing subsidized property, subsidized bank loans, and 300,000RS. subsidy on house building.
Khan claimed that this project would usher in a revolution by boosting economic activity in the construction industry’s 30 associated sectors, as well as reducing unemployment in the region.
The prime minister said that he had spent a lot of time working on the country’s economy and that he now intends to concentrate on the agriculture, tourism, and information technology sectors.
Mr Khan has made an impassioned plea to the public to wear facemasks because the country is surviving the coronavirus’s deadly third surge.
He said that if Pakistan had not doubled its capacity in public sector hospitals, it would have faced the same dire situation as India’s major cities, where people are dying on the streets due to a lack of oxygen and ventilators.
“Next two weeks are very important and only wearing facemasks can help control coronavirus infections in the country,” he added.
Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said the prime minister’s pledge to construct five million houses would be fulfilled, adding that work on the first phase of 35,000 apartments in Lahore had begun. He also announced that the foundation stone had been laid for the LDA City Housing scheme, which will include the construction of 4,000 homes.
The chief minister said 133 locations in various districts had been selected for the prime minister’s affordable housing program, with 10,120 houses being constructed in the first phase in 32 localities across 26 tehsils in Punjab.