Chakwal: Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the language being used by the opposition was similar to the propaganda being peddled by India to discredit Pakistan as a nation. Addressing an event in Chakwal, where the premier laid the foundation stone for several development projects earlier today, he said: “The way the political opposition of Pakistan has attacked the Pakistan Army, this has never happened before in our history.”

Changing gears, the premier said that no country can progress without educating its people, “This doesn’t even happen in fairy tales.”

Education doesn’t have immediate returns, he said. The way our democracy has evolved, we think of tangible projects that allow us to win the next election, he said. “A government which thinks about the next generation prioritizes education.”

He said that Pakistan had the second youngest population in the world. “The more value we can add to this segment of the population, if we equip them with the necessary skills, then the country will leap forward.”

He predicted that the two projects he inaugurated today — namely Chakwal University and the Centre of Excellence — would produce great talent if attention is paid to recruiting quality teachers.

He added that the 500-bed hospital, that was among the projects he laid the foundation stone for, was also a necessary project. “I again reiterate that we will support you. But the government can’t make all the hospitals that the country requires.”

He said that the health cards introduced by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab will help to upgrade the country’s healthcare system, adding that the government was facilitating private hospitals so that they can establish facilities.

PM Imran khan Vision for Pakistan

He said that when people ask him about what he sees for the country at the end of his term, he envisions an end to the country’s debts and fiscal deficit so that Pakistan can stand on its own two feet.

“Our current account has been in surplus for the past five months. This has happened for the first time in 17 years. Our next major push has to be on the country’s fiscal deficit.”

He said that if the government did not have to pay the loans taken by former rulers, it would have managed to balance Pakistan’s income and expenditures.

“We are concentrating on increasing income and wealth creation. I fully believe that when our five years are up, we’ll have lessened the burdened of loans,” he said, adding that the government was also focusing on improving the lives of the common man.

PM Imran also said that a new programme will be introduced to ensure that “no one sleeps hungry”. “The programme will take concrete steps to ensure that no one goes to sleep on an empty stomach in Pakistan,” he said.