LAHORE   -  Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the government will fully support and implement the Supreme Court decisions wherein rests supremacy of law.

No confusion will remain in the mind of anybody about implementation of apex court decisions, the prime minister said while responding to a query about Aasia Bibi case, at the end of laying foundation stone of the first of the five Shelter Homes in Lahore on Saturday.

The premier also said the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government was paying full attention to the public welfare projects. He said that soon Pakistan would emerge as a social welfare model state among the Muslim world.

When a media man put a question to the prime minister for legislation to curb corruption in the country as China did to deal with this menace, Khan replied he was going to announce some major measures against corruption. Addressing the questioner he said, “You will enjoy the steps I am going to announce tomorrow (Sunday).”

The ceremony was also attended by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, ministers of the federal and the provincial cabinets, secretaries and senior journalists.

Shelter Homes or ‘Panah Gah’ is a project for providing shelter to the down-and-out segments of society who spend nights in different areas of Lahore without a roof on their heads.

Earlier speaking to the attendants, Prime Minister Imran Khan said after the government had arrested the economic crisis, its total focus was on steering the common man out of poverty.

“In a week or so I am going to announce a comprehensive package for the poor,” he said and vowed to make Pakistan an exemplary country in the world.

He went on to say, “In the direction of poverty alleviation, we have learnt much from China during the recent visit. We are determined to alleviate poverty and then ultimately overcome this problem and a package is going to be announced in this behalf in a week or so.

The prime minister added that the 100 days performance of the government will also be shared with the people.

Khan said the efforts of the PTI government are directed towards making Pakistan a welfare state on the pattern of State of Madinah. “Our founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal had also visualised Pakistan as the same kind of state.”

The prime minister said they had identified five spots in Lahore for establishment of Panah Gah and expressed the confidence that soon these projects would be turned into centres of excellence.

He highly appreciated efforts of the Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar towards establishing the shelter homes and said it was a matter of feeling for those who spend nights on footpaths under the open sky.

Provision of food in all the proposed five centres would be sponsored, he said, and invited philanthropists to come forward and help the government in its efforts to provide for the poor.

The functioning of the shelter homes will be regulated by a board, he said. Although the said board would set criterion for providing shelter facility but he personally wanted that everyone reaching there must be accommodated, the PM added.

He said the early period of his government was spent on tackling with economic crisis of the country and now when the situation had been arrested from going down, the focus of the government was on the betterment of the poor. He said divine blessings begin to shower when one thinks of doing good to the poor.

The prime minister lamented that in the past, none had paid attention to the pitiable conditions of the homeless people, majority of them labourers who spent nights on footpaths and at different other areas of Lahore, including Shahdarah, Ichra, Data Darbar etc.

They were voiceless people and had no vote bank, that’s why they were ignored, he said, adding no society could progress without having humane consideration for its poor segments.

It was this feeling for the poor which mattered and not the resources, but unfortunately “we have been wanting in that spirit”, the premier said, adding that the living standard of the have-nots has to be raised for making Pakistan a civilized country.

The prime minister observed that the homeless people had to brace the rainy season and with the advent of winter and hovering pollution in Lahore, their problems would multiply.

He also referred to a picture depicting a labourer covering his kids in a blanket, which had gone viral on social media. A person who did not take pity upon such situations could not be called a human, he added.

He had instructed the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief ministers to identify such places in Rawalpindi and Peshawar also, while for Karachi they would contact the Sindh chief minister.

Earlier, Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Director General Amna Imran briefed the prime minister about the pilot project of Panah Gah.

Besides Punjab chief minister, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Naeemul Haq and provincial ministers, inclusing Chaudhry Zaheeruddin, Murad Raas, Mian Mahmoodur Rashid, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Mian Aslam Iqbal and Mohsin Leghari, and officers of departments concerned were also present on the occasion.


PM asks Punjab govt to adopt innovative governance


APP adds: Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday while reviewing the implementation of Punjab government’s 100-day plan, stressed the provincial government to adopt innovative methods in the governance.

Chairing a meeting on the Prime Minister’s Punjab Initiatives here at the Chief Minister’s Office, the prime minister said the provincial government must fully focus on the betterment of the common man.

The meeting discussed various proposals and implementation strategies for transformation of governance in Punjab and uplift of the common man, under the supervision of the prime minister as well as the Punjab government.

During the meeting, the prime minister was briefed on different targets and priorities of the Punjab government.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Khan said the government was committed to building a social net for the poor citizens, so that everyone had a shelter over his/her head and access to health and education.

“Today I laid the foundation for 1st of 5 shelters for the homeless in Lahore & one in Pindi to be followed by shelters in other cities,” the prime minister on his twitter account posted.

The tweets followed his speech at the ground-breaking ceremony of Panah Gah, shelter home project, in Lahore.

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