ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Alvi on Monday said that owing to the government’s prudent policies, Pakistan had achieved significant progress in diverse areas including economy, human and social development, information technology, foreign policy and defence.
Addressing the joint session of parliament, he mentioned increase in exports from US $ 23.7 billion in fiscal year 2019-20 to US $ 25.3 billion in 2020-21; workers’ remittances recorded at the historic US $ 29.4 billion, vibrancy in stock market, improvement in ease of doing business and enhanced investors’ confidence as some of the government’s achievements.
The President said that with 18% growth in revenue collection recorded at Rs. 4,732 billion in 2020-21, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has registered an increase of Rs. 160 billion revenue collection as against the target during the first two months of the current fiscal.
He said that with the record sale and purchase of 2.21 billion shares in one session in May 2021 alone, Pakistan’s stock market got the distinction of best market in Asia and 4th in the world.
The President further said that Pakistan, which had got 28 points of improvement in the World Bank’s ranking of ease of doing business two years back, has also won the confidence of overseas investors through 60% increase in the Business Confidence Index (BCI) in the survey of Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI).
Dr. Arif Alvi has said that prudent policies of the incumbent government has made Pakistan to progress on all fronts including economy, human and social development, information technology, foreign policy and defence.
President said the government had passed laws to protect rights of special persons and women as well as to eliminate sexual crimes.
He said unfortunately, some cases of sexual crimes were reported from different parts of the country but the government made legislation to curb the evil which needed to be enforced.
Dr. Alvi said beside the government, it was also the societal responsibility to help stop the crime by being watchful against such elements.
He said the refusal of property rights to women still pervaded in some parts of the country which was unfortunate for a Muslim country as Allah Almighty had guided the followers in details on the subject. He again urged the society particularly Ulema to play role for awareness and counter the societal traditions.
President Alvi said considering the risks posed by global warming to Pakistan, Imran Khan launched Billion Tree Tsunami in KP and later countrywide 10 Billion Tree Tsunami as well as Clean and Green Pakistan Program to help steer the country out of the challenge.
Coming to the democratic system, the president said the electoral reforms were essential which could not be achieved through commotion.
He said the Electronic Voting Machine would ensure transparency, voters privacy and swift results as it also featured a counter to calculate votes. Moreover, the government is also taking measures like i-voting to grant voting rights to overseas Pakistanis.
Touching the subject of foreign policy, the president said India had been committing genocide of Kashmiri people as well as targeting Indian Muslim minorities.
He said Imran Khan, who had called himself as Ambassador of Kashmir, exposed the real face of India globally. He said Pakistan always strived to maintain friendly ties with the world which was also manifested by the prime minister in his maiden speech. But it was construed as Pakistan’s weakness by India, he added.
President Alvi asked India to end its atrocities in J&K and abide by the UN resolutions. He also assured the Kashmir people that Pakistan was committed to its stance and thanked China, Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan for supporting Pakistan’s stance on the issue.
He told the House that fascist ideology of RSS was a threat to regional peace and that India had also been involved in sponsoring terrorism in the region. Moreover, he said the repeated incidents of uranium sale were deadly for regional security but unfortunately, the world media was keeping mum on it.
About Afghanistan, he said, since the beginning, Imran Khan called for political settlement in Afghanistan and opposed the military solution. He said even after decades of war and spending trillions of dollars, peace could not be revived in Afghanistan.
Calling the Talibans announcement for amnesty were encouraging, he urged the world community not to leave the Afghan people in lurch rather make efforts to avert humanitarian and economic crisis.