‘If I come out on streets, you would not even find place to hide’, PM warns opposition
Imran Khan says people asked him why he did not shake hands with Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif
+Islamabad: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Sunday warned the opposition and said that if he comes out on the streets, they would not even find a place to hide.
The prime minister said while receiving direct phone calls from the general public and answered their questions and complaints in a live programme “Aap ka Wazir-e-Azam, Aap ke Saath” on Sunday.
“I want to warn you that if I am forced out of the office, I would be more dangerous. If I come out on the streets, you would not even find a place to hide,” the prime minister said to the opposition.
Shebaz Sharif a criminal, not opposition leader
Criticising Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif.
Imran Khan said that he is ready to talk to everyone — even if their views differ from his — but he is never going to negotiate with the corrupt. "If I talk with the corrupt and give them NROs, then I will be deceiving the nation as well as my Allah," he added.
He said that he wanted to go to parliament and wanted to answer the people’s questions. But he could not answer the questions because of the ruckus the opposition created in the house.
He said that he never claimed that the government would dig out milk canals in the country. He said the criticizers should criticize government but they should also inform the public about things that are beneficial for the country.
He said that people asked him why he did not shake hands with Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif. He said that he did not consider Shehbaz as Opposition leader, rather he regarded him as ‘criminal of the nation’. He said Shehbaz read out speeches of long durations in the assembly. They seem more like a job application than a political speech, the PM mockingly said.
“I don’t consider Shehbaz Sharif as Opposition Leader, he’s a criminal. He can’t answer from where Rs.16 billion have come, he can’t answer TT scandal, but is ready to give 2h speech”- @ImranKhanPTI #آپکا_وزیراعظم_آپکے_ساتھ pic.twitter.com/lSNROc43JD— PTI (@PTIofficial) January 23, 2022
Entered politics to crusade dacoits
The prime minister said that he entered politics to launch a crusade against ‘dacoits’. He also lamented that former foreign minister Ishaq Dar had fled the country during the PML-N tenure.
Imran deplored that the FBR brought Rs2,500 billion cases to the courts but three regulators informed him that the mafia got stay order from courts.
Rising inflation wakes me up at nights
Imran Khan has said that he could not sleep at night while thinking about rising inflation. When a woman caller asked the premier that since inflation has increased manifold ‘now should we be worried a bit’?
The premier replied that he too was worried about inflation and this thing gives him sleepless nights.
Inflation not an issue confined to Pakistan
At the beginning of the session, the premier said that it was his faith that the PTI government will aspire to work on the reasons Pakistan was built: an Islamic Welfare State.
"The biggest challenge we face today is inflation and the rising prices of commodities. I am well aware and cognisant of the issues being faced by the common man due to rising prices.” He then said that inflation is "not an issue occurring solely in Pakistan."
"I want my countrymen to understand that inflation is a global phenomenon caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic," he said. “From industrialised countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, to Europe and Japan, the entire world is faced with spiralling costs of living, a sharp increase in food prices, and a huge spike in energy prices.”
“Pandemics such as COVID-19 occur once in 100 years, it has had a global negative effect causing spiralling costs of living, and disrupting lives all across the world.”
Will ask businessmen to raise salaries
The prime minister said that the salaried class remains the most affected by the pandemic and he would invite top businessmen and ask them to raise the salaries of their staffers.
'Country progressing despite COVID-19'
Citing the 5.37% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of the country despite the prevalence of the pandemic, the premier questioned the Opposition, the critics, and the media as to how the country is progressing if there was complete economic turmoil.
"The construction sector is booming in the country and banks have received applications for housing loans worth Rs290 billion, while the government has already granted Rs140 billion to the applicants, which shows the public's trust in the government's policies."
He said that 45,000 housing units are under construction, while the private sector and building developers are constructing three million houses in their 342 projects.
"Thirty industries are directly linked with the construction sector and are getting benefit of this boom," the premier said.
PM asks media to refrain from fake news
Addressing the media of the country, the premier said that while it is the right of the media to criticise the government so that it could improve, it should refrain from resorting to propaganda and fake news. "Our government is against mafias, and unfortunately, some elements within the media have also sided with them to spread negativity," he said.
To pay taxes
To a question about high taxes on imported mobile phones, the prime minister said that his government is trying to manufacture everything within the country, saying that manufacturing goods within the country is the only solution as importing goods from abroad is very expensive. "Even the clothes I am wearing are made in Pakistan. I don't wear anything imported," the premier said, adding that the government is trying to document the economy so that tax collection could be increased.
"If we want to be a progressing nation, we have to pay taxes," he said.
The prime minister said that the PTI government will not only complete this tenure but it will also complete the next term.
Live calls session
Prior to taking the calls, the Prime Minister's Office had provided a landline number for citizens wanting to talk directly to the premier. They may dial 051-9224900.
The announcement for the live call session was made through the official Twitter account of the Prime Minister's Office on Saturday.
The prime minister has regularly been taking live calls from people and answering their queries. However, this session is being conducted after a short gap.
#آپکا_وزیراعظم_آپکے_ساتھ کے ایک اور سیشن میں وزیر اعظم عمران خان کل بروز اتوار ایک مرتبہ پھر بذریعہ ٹیلی فون عوام کے سوالات کے جوابات دیں گے۔— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) January 22, 2022
وزیراعظم سے آپ کی گفتگو کل سہ پہر 3:30 بجے ٹیلی فون، ریڈیو اور ڈیجیٹل میڈیا پر براہِ راست نشر کی جائے گی۔
📞Dial : 051-9224900 pic.twitter.com/ETTEuSA5Gq
Sunday's session was the seventh time PM Imran Khan interacted with the public. The last live session by the premier was held last year on August 29.
Fatima becomes first woman cricketer from Pakistan to win ICC accolade
Fatima Sana bags ICC Women's Emerging Cricketer of the Year award
Dubai: Pakistani pacer Fatima Sana has done the nation proud by not only bagging the International Cricket Council (ICC) Emerging Women's Cricketer of the Year award for 2021, but becoming the first woman cricketer from the country to win an ICC accolade.
It is pertinent to mention here that Sana bagged 24 wickets at an average of 23.95 and accumulated 165 runs at 16.50 in 16 international matches during 2021.
According to a statement of the ICC, the 20-year-old impressed one and all with her all-round efforts in 2021. “Her figures for the year consist of 24 wickets at an average of 23.95 and 165 runs at 16.50 in 16 international matches,” it added.
"She became an integral part of Pakistan's ODI and T20I side owing to her wicket-taking ability as a bowler, and ability to add handy runs down the order at the same time," the ICC statement read.
The ICC noted that aside from playing at home, Sana toured Bangladesh, West Indies, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and "delivered impressive all-round performances everywhere".
"In fact, 18 of her 24 wickets in the year came in the 11 matches she played against the West Indies. Sana showed a lot of heart against the attacking West Indies batters and succeeded in keeping them at bay," the ICC said.
Sana's "most memorable performance" was witnessed in July against West Indies as she claimed her maiden five-for in ODIs and also played an attacking knock of 28* to power Pakistan to a 22-run win (D/L Method), the ICC said.
"Pakistan had already lost the series going into this ODI but this win served as a great confidence-booster for the team and the young Sana as well. With the bat, Sana added vital runs in the slog overs. As a bowler, she claimed the big wickets of Deandra Dottin and Britney Cooper with the new ball and then came back at the death to clean up the tail, thus registering bowling figures of 5/39," the ICC noted.
PCB congratulates player
The Pakistan Cricket Board congratulated Sana on winning the award, saying: "We are proud of you Fatima!"
PCB congratulates Fatima Sana on winning ICC Women's Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2021 pic.twitter.com/5toPsz8sp3— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) January 23, 2022
Rare leopard found injured in Muzaffarabad, dies
Medical team operated the leopard to save her life, but they failed in doing so
Muzaffarabad: A rare leopard that was found seriously injured in Muzaffarabad, died on Sunday.
According to the details, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife Department rescued a wounded leopard from Neelum Valley on Saturday.
The Wildlife Management Board said that the injured female leopard was shifted to Islamabad from Muzaffarabad due to her severe wounds. X-rays showed fix to six riffle pellets in the body of the leopard, the board added.
The body of the predator was paralysed due to the riffle pellet that hit her spinal cord. The medical team operated the leopard to save her life, but they failed in doing so.
Injured common leopard, a beautiful young female, arrived at midnight in Isd from Muzaffarabad. Her x Ray revealed 5-6 pellets from rifle inside her. One lodged in middle of vertebral column hence paralysis. Vets tried to operate to save her, she did not survive. @WildlifeBoard pic.twitter.com/tMNylITc1D— Rina S Khan Satti (@rinasaeed) January 23, 2022
Earlier it was reported that the wild animal was spotted at the banks of river Neelam are falling into a ditch. The locals had rushed to rescue the injured predator a few kilometers away from Muzaffarabad city.
Wildlife Director Naeem Iftikhar Dar along with the team reached the site to rescue her. Locals also offered chicken meat to provide the lost energy to the big cat.
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