The prime minister faces widespread corruption in his effort to fix Pakistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday mentioned corrupt systems in the country as the biggest challenge currently faced by the government.
Speaking at the ‘Pakistan Breakfast Meet at Davos’ on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum being hosted at the Swiss resort town, the prime minister shared his vision about Pakistan’s progress and related subjects, including strategic vision, fighting corruption, poverty alleviation and geopolitical balance.
“It is like everyone wants to remove the tumor, but does not want the pain of surgery,” he said, adding that the moment the nation realizes the importance of good governance, the country will make progress.
PM Imran said the country’s founding and ideological fathers, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal, had wanted Pakistan to be a humane and just society. He vowed to set the direction of society on a similar trajectory.
“Pakistan is about hope and I believe that, with its immense potential and determination, the nation will thrive,” he added.
He mentioned that foreign debt taken on by past governments had resulted in undue pressure on the common man. He said he will soon consult his advisers on how to reduce the price burden on electricity consumers.
Prime Minister Imran also highlighted his government’s export-oriented approach to attain economic stability and mentioned the reduction in the current fiscal deficit by 75 percent, which he said was reflected in a 200 percent increase in foreign investment.
“I am confident that Pakistan is on the right track,” he said, adding that staying steadfast during a challenging period was important to achieve goals.
The premier termed overseas Pakistanis a “valuable resource” and expressed his desire to create a favorable environment for them within their homeland.
He said China wanted to relocate industries to Pakistan, which will provide a major boost to the latter’s economy.