PM Imran wants strategies for job creation, youth empowerment

PM reaffirms resolve to reforms agenda, says govt wants to 'transform challenges into opportunities'

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday directed his economic team to formulate strategies that could ensure job creation and youth empowerment.

Briefing the newsmen in Islamabad after the federal cabinet meeting, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the prime minister has also ordered all ministries to ensure timely completion public sector development projects in the next three months.

“The PM will personally monitor the progress of ministries so that decisions are made on time and red-tapism is avoided,” she said, adding that the PM would hold meetings with all federal secretaries after the cabinet meeting.

She said the prime minister apprised the cabinet of the prevalent political situation, saying that all economic indicators are on positive trajectory despite protests by the opposition parties. The special assistant maintained that the reform agenda of the incumbent government was being resisted by the status quo people who do not want change in the system.

Earlier, while chairing the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated that the government would not back away from reforms agenda “as it is agenda for the development and progress of Pakistan”.

“The government wants to transform challenges into opportunities.”

Economic Affairs Minister Hammad Azhar briefed the cabinet about the improving economic indicators, while Advisor to PM on Institutional Reforms Dr Ishrat Hussain apprised the cabinet on the new local government system.

The cabinet approved the waiver of passport and fee requirement for pilgrims of Kartarpur Corridor. The cabinet also accorded approval to the appointment of DG Rangers Punjab.

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