Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday announced to auction all of the gifts worth millions of rupees at Toshakhana and the revenue would be spent for the welfare of orphan children.
“I announce to auction all of the gifts worth millions or rupees at Toshakhana. But the whole of the receipts will go nowhere else but the institutions of the orphan children whether they are welfare organizations, educational institutions, or medical facilities.
We will hand them over under a mechanism to support the orphans who are unable to face the challenges of life,” the prime minister said talking to a delegation of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), and Pakistan Broadcasters Association PBA).
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The prime minister said that he felt honored to announce the auction of Toshakhana gifts before the representatives of APNS, CPNE and PBA.
He told the media industry representatives that the incumbent government inherited very tough economic conditions but the coalition parties did not imagine the severity of the situation.
The prime minister said the previous government wasted last four years in mere victimisation of political opponents and also strained ties with friendly countries.
He said his government had tried its utmost to rectify the relations with friendly countries and had been able to control the damage to a great extent which also led to the signing of the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The prime minister repeatedly called for the nation, particularly the youth, to forge unity and work hard to rid the country of loans and make it a great nation.
He said the incumbent government victimized no political opponent and that they were extremely busy to tackle the challenges of flood, inflation, economy, IMF, wheat import and foreign policy issues.
He said the media had a crucial role to play for national unity and reduce the temperature as during the last four years, the previous government “poisoned” the society and the rectification was not that easy.
He said with the IMF agreement, the country was saved from default and otherwise the situation could have been extremely difficult with long queues at filling stations and people taken to streets. He said even the friendly countries had linked their support with the IMF deal.
He said the interim, as well as the next elected government, would have to join heads to strengthen the state and its people through self-sufficiency as the IMF had closed the doors to subsidies.
Prime Minister Shehbaz told the delegations that the friendly countries, including Saudi Arabia, were willing to invest in Pakistan and the Special Investment Facilitation Council would prove to be a game changer in that regard.
“The SIFC is a program for economic recovery. If it goes on, this will be a game changer,” he remarked.
He said he would send the summary for the dissolution of the National Assembly to the president on Wednesday and expressed the hope that the next government would pursue the SIFC vision to rid the country of loans within 5-10 years.
He said after the dissolution of the Assembly, the Chief Election Commissioner was mandated to decide the future course of action regarding the elections. However, he added, all the parties were unanimous for holding of the elections as early as possible.