Imran Khan addresses nation, pledges austerity

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, Imran Khan has vowed to firmly deal with corruption and considerably bring down governmental expenditure to tame the increasing fiscal deficit. Khan also promised to crack down on corruption seriously.

In his first televised address as the Prime Minister, Khan urged the overseas citizens of Pakistan to make investments in their home country as the nation faces reducing foreign reserves. Khan stated that the country is facing a huge economic crisis and promised his people that he will run the nation as an “Islamic welfare state” based on principles enumerated by the Prophet Muhammad when he had set up the state of Medina in the 7th century.

He told in his address that Pakistan is already in debt and the government has no money for spending on children, farmers, civic facilities etc. Looking at the dismal state of affairs, Khan said he plans to auction a fleet of more than 80 vehicles which are maintained by PMO and will maintain only 2 vehicles for his personal use. Khan also planned to lay off a sizeable portion of 524 staff-members who are working at PM’s residence, thereby exemplifying extreme austerity measures.

He stressed on the need to bring about a change in attitudes and behaviour. Also, he mentioned the need to maintain cordial relations with the neighbours, climate change, education, health.

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