Anwaarul Haq Kakar tells businessmen govt will bring in economic stability by winning confidence of investors n Foreign Minister Jilani, a delegation of Bohra community call on PM Kakar.
ISLAMABAD - Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Thursday said that the crackdown by the government on smuggling during the last 48 hours brought positive outcomes and was also welcomed by the authorities of neighbouring countries.
The prime minister in a meeting with a delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry also said that an operation against the smuggling had been launched across the country, particularly in the border areas.
He said the consultation was underway to promote trade with neighbouring countries which had also welcomed the government’s crackdown against smuggling. He said the resolution of business community’s problems was among the government’s priorities. The prime minister welcomed the proposals by the delegation and assured implementation of the practicable ones. He told the delegation that after assuming the office, he interacted with the business community and listened to their issues. He appreciated the business community’s role for economic development and provision of job opportunities.
Prime Minister Kakar said the government was reforming the taxation system through digitalisation. He said the economic development was not possible unless the tax collection was increased. He said the government would bring in the economic stability by winning confidence of traders, industrialists and investors. The reformation process in the power sector was also going on and action was being taken against those involved in the power theft. The prime minister said that consultation with all the stakeholders was essential for issues resolution and the Commerce Ministry would regularly seek suggestions from the chambers. He directed the authorities concerned to submit a report on expansion of FBR’s Point of Sales system besides improving the performance of commercial attaches in Pakistan’s diplomatic missions. The prime minister also instructed the Capital Development Authority to improve its working and include the business community in the consultation process. Besides, the CDA should also digitize the provision of facilities to the citizens as well as the land record. Federal Secretaries of commerce and industries, chairmen of FBR and CDA attended the meeting.
Headed by the ICCI President Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, the delegation congratulated the prime minister on assuming the office. They apprised the prime minister of the issues faced by the traders community and put forward their suggestions. The prime minister welcomed the suggestions and assured the resolution of their issues.
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Thursday directed the authorities concerned to take all-out measures to resolve the problems being faced by the overseas Pakistanis. The prime minister, talking to his Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistanis Jawad Sohrab Malik who called on him, said the expatriates were a precious asset for Pakistan. In the meeting, they discussed the matters pertaining to the Ministry for Overseas Pakistanis. The prime minister said the welfare of the overseas Pakistanis was among the government’s priorities. He said the expatriates had been making a positive contribution to the national economy through their remittances.
‘JOINT EFFORTS TO PROMOTE BROTHERHOOD’
PM Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Thursday emphasized the need to make joint efforts to purge the society of intolerance and promote brotherhood. The prime minister, in a meeting with a delegation of Bohra Community headed by Shahzada Hussain Burhanuddin, said interfaith harmony was part of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s golden principles which was also the foundation of Pakistan as well as guiding light for the people. Hussain Burhanuddin conveyed the good wishes of his father and spiritual leader of Bohra Community Dr Mufazzal Saiduddin for the prime minister. The prime minister appreciated the Bohra Community’s role in social welfare, education and economic sectors. The delegation apprised the prime minister of Bohra Community’s welfare projects particularly an under-construction cardiac hospital in Karachi. The prime minister directed the authorities concerned to extend cooperation and all-out facilities to the Bohra Community.
FOREIGN MINISTER JILANI CALLS ON PM KAKAR
Interim Minister for Foreign Affairs Jalil Abbas Jilani on Thursday called on Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar here. In the meeting, they discussed the matter pertaining to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, according to a PM Office statement.