Imran Khan questions a cart owner about the position of his business in G-11 Markaz, Islamabad, on Sunday. Twitter photo
Gulf Today Report
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday paid a surprise visit to different localities of the federal capital Islamabad to inspect the business activities as well as development works.
The prime minister personally drove the vehicle setting aside the protocol.
He visited the modular carts placed in G-11 Markaz under Ehsaas Programme’s Rerhi Baan initiative. He questioned the cart owners about the position of their businesses.
The prime minister, who also wore a mask, also advised a boy at a cart to wear the mask as part of the government’s efforts to strictly implement the anti-COVID precautions amidst third wave of the pandemic.
"Get a mask for your little brother too,” Imran told a young boy, who like others was pleasantly surprised to find the prime minister amidst them.
Imran Khan during his visit to a fruit market.
While frying samosas for Iftar shoppers, Qurban Ali, a cart owner, thanked the prime minister and his government for providing them a business point to help them earn livelihood for their families.
"We are grateful to you, that you thought about us,” Qurban commented. The prime minister also went around different stalls of fruits and other stuff in the market.
Imran Khan drives the car.
Senator Faisal Javed and Chairman Capital Development Authority Amer Ahmed Ali also accompanied the prime minister.
Without creating any interruption in the traffic flow, the prime minister drove through the crowded streets of the city and also stopped at the traffic signal.
Imran Khan inspects the Sewage Treatment Plant.
Imran visited Sewage Treatment Plant at sector I-9 and under construction Korang Cricket Ground where he was briefed by the CDA chairman about the projects. He also inspected the stone lining of storm water drains.
The prime minister expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of the current local governments and said a system was being introduced at the village level under which funds would be transferred directly to the councils.
"We had a very difficult two years. We didn't have foreign exchange and couldn't pay our debts. We have avoided a huge crisis because we didn't default (payments). But I know it hasn't been easy for the people, I understand the difficulties they faced and still are facing,” he said in a televised address to the nation.
The prime minister termed the signing of performance agreements a step in the right direction, and said the performance of each ministry will be evaluated based on the contracts and every ministry will put pressure on itself to meet its targets.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar made the announcement in a brief televised address, and added that Kerosene oil and light diesel oil prices have been hiked by Rs 18 per litre, The Express Tribune reported.
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