KARACHI - Leader of the Opposition in Sindh Assembly, Haleem Adil Sheikh on Thursday, said ‘Riyasat-e-Madina aur Seerat-e-Khatim-ul-Nabiyain Conference’ would be organised at Sindh Governor House on Friday in connection with ‘Ashra-e-Rehmatul-lil-Alameen.’ 

Addressing a press conference flanked with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) parliamentary leader in Sindh Assembly Bilal Gaffar, President Karachi division Khurram Sher Zaman, MPAs Jammal Siddiqui, Saeed Afridi and Shahnawaz Jadoon at Sindh Assembly building, said the government for the first time in history of the country was celebrating Rabi ul Awal in befitting manner with observance of “Ashra e Rehmatul-lil-Alameen” to set the direction and course of action for the future, he said. 

‘Riyasat-e-Madina aur Seerat-e-Khatim-ul-Nabiyain Conference’ is a major event and would be attended by over thousand religious scholars, Ullema and Mashaikh belonging to different masalik as well as Sajjada Nasheens of various shrines of Sindh. Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi are likely to address the event through video link while Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri would specially attend the conference, he informed. Haleem Adil said establishment of Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Authority by the Prime Minister Imran Khan, is the step in right direction for realising the concept of Riyasat-e-Madina adding that “We in leadership of Imran Khan are eager to achieve the objectives which were founding principles of creation of Pakistan.” Haleem said the nation had forgotten the path and were shy of its real identity and the message of Islam was not being conveyed to the youth while leaders of the past remained silent on the issues of utmost importance just because of fear of western powers. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan eloquently presented Islam, its fundamental principles and exemplary personality of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) at international forums while special content on SeeratunNabi was included in curriculum from class 6 to 8. 

Haleem further said that govt working on different plans to overcome challenges.  “We are making remarkable progress on the right path and may face some challenges”, he said adding that he was confident that PTI would overcome the difficulties and global challenges arising out of COVID-19 situation. 

Haleem Sheikh said coronavirus posed multiple threats to global economy and the entire world was facing its aftershocks in shape of ballooning inflation and economic pressures. Federal government handled the challenges efficiently and ranked the third best among countries those managed the situation most efficiently, he added. For ensuring relief to low income groups special measures were in offing and soon a comprehensive policy would be announced by the federal government in this regard, Sheikh said adding that important issues were deliberated upon in core committee meeting held with the prime minister in chair. The low income groups and destitute persons would be provided targeted subsidies on items of daily use including wheat flour, sugar and petrol in a transparent manner and entire nation would be able to observe the positive impacts of federal government’s measures within a month or two, Haleem stated. 

 “We will handle the issue of inflation in the same manner as we dealt with COVID-19 at the forefront,” he vowed.

Speaking, on the occasion, Khurram Sher Zaman said Prime Minister Imran Khan raised voice at international forums on the issue of sanctity of prophet-hood which was never done by rulers of the past. He said that a true lover of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) would never fail and Imran Khan who intended to develop Pakistan on lines of Riyasat-e-Madina will emerge as triumphant. He said anti Pakistan forces were hatching conspiracies and opposition parties had joined their band wagon adding that opposition was harming the national interest in PTI’s hostility. Bilal Gaffar said opposition parties were making hue and cry on inflation which was being driven by international dynamics. Global oil prices increased 90 percent while Pakistan allowed 23 percent increase, he noted. 

 

To provide relief to poor PDL was being charged at Rs 5 per liter while rate of GST was lower to the possible level, he observed adding that government taxes on POL products were one fourth of the taxes charged in previous regimes, he added. State Bank of Pakistan has reported record surge in exports while it was confident that volume of annual exports and remittances would cross mark of US$ 30 billion in the current financial year, he said. Bilal Gaffar said IMF and World Bank also forecast more than 5 percent GDP growth for Pakistan as federal government was not relying on engineered measures but taking consolidated efforts to deal with situation prudently and hoped that a new history of economic growth was in the making in Pakistan.