Intellectuals while speaking in the meeting of Shura Hamdard Karachi chapter urged the people to give time to new government to resolve the national problems and at the same time new government channelize the energy and passion of youth in reconstruction of the country. They said that PM Imran led government has motivated the people and change has taken place in the country in the shape of a multi-dimensional prime minister.
The meeting was held yesterday on the theme: “Newly elected government —- challenges and expectations”, chaired by Justice (Rtd) HaziqulKhairi at a local club. Mrs. Sadia Rashid, President, Hamdard Foundation Pakistan was also present at the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, General (Rtd) Sikandar Hayat said that new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan had created new spirit, courage and resolution in the nation and imbibed with these qualities the nation could turn the tide in its favour.
‘Pakistan is an unusual country and the same is Israel, but she enjoys continuous support from USA from the day one while Pakistan is being opposed from the first day by its big neighboring country which has not accepted Pakistan till today and created a lot of difficulties in its way that resulted in a pile of problems for Pakistan. However, these problems can be surmounted with national unity and Imran Khan has been emerged as a symbol of unity,’ he asserted.
Prof. Dr. Tanveer Khalid said, of course, Imran Khan Government was inexperienced, but it has a valid public mandate and with the help of masses it would overcome all deficiencies. Change has come in the country as we have now a handsome prime minister, she added.
Prof. Dr. Khalida Ghaus was of the view that social problems and structural reforms were neither being discussed nor economic policy was put forth by the new government. Should subsidy on education and public transport is not given by the government who else would do that? she questioned and said that governor houses, being the historical assets and national heritage, should be preserved and action against them was tantamount to destroy the history. ‘Please do charity but don’t disturb history’, she asserted.
On this occasion, Justice (Rtd) Haziqul Khairi pointed out that subsidy has been granted on large scale, should its burden didn’t go indirectly on the shoulder of masses. Foreign tourists should be given facilities according to their culture in specific areas to promote tourism in the country, he added.
Dr. Abubakr Sheikh was of the opinion that PM Imran Khan was a populist leader, he has passion but lacked of experience and skills, even he did not set his priorities so far, he became prime minister in the result of judicial activism.
Commodore (Rtd) Sadeed Anwar Malik said that PM Imran Khan had talked about the ‘Riasat-i-Madina, so he should settle Pakistan’s affairs with Israel in the light of ‘Misaque-i-Madina’ in order to stop RAW’s activities in Pakistan through MOSSAD and to pressurize PENTAGON turning Israel in favour of Pakistan. This would not only change the policy of Israel against Pakistan but also provide us ample opportunities to learn as the former is a far advance country in science and technology, he added.
Col (Rtd) Mukhtar Ahmed Butt said that Imran Khan got public votes on the slogan to bring back looted money of Pakistan which seemed not possible as the stealing of money was still going on in the country and the country has to pay Rs. 6 billion on daily basis as the interest of foreign loans. Governments of Pakistan have been printing paper money without depositing the gold of equal value in State Bank, resulting devaluation of money, he added.
Justice (Rtd) Zia Pervez said that the power plants, running on oil, were greatly instrumental in creating financial hardship for Pakistan and there was no law to punish those people who inflicted huge financial damages to the country. A bottomless ship has been handed over to Imran Khan with the expectations that he would quickly sail it to the shore, he observed.
Khurshid A. Hashmi said when God was contented and kind to a nation He produced a good leader in that nation who would sail its boat safely out of the troubled waters. Imran Khan was a new leader of new vision he would do good for the nation, he added.
Prof. Muhammad Rafi said that the big achievement of Imran Khan was that he kept the orthodox parties at bay and didn’t allow them to make big success in general elections of 2018. He needed time to make the house in order and we should support him in his efforts, he added.
Ms. ShamimKazmi said that the biggest issue for Imran Khan Government was that it has to create social awareness among the illiterate masses. We found a good man in the shape of Imran Khan and we have no option but to hold him up and support him, she added.
Prof. Dr. Akhlaque Ahmed urged the new government to take water problem seriously and pay full attention to resolve this issue, implement simplicity in letter and spirit as extravagancy had destroyed Muslim nation in the past; National Development Volunteer Programme (NDVP) be introduced to provide job to youths as already done in University of Karachi, he suggested.
Engineer Syed Muhammad Sadiq while suggesting some lines of action for new government stressed upon the professional approach without which nothing good could be achieved regarding resolving the problems of the country. General expenditure of PM House and governor houses should be reduced drastically and 100 top corrupted persons should be caught and punished and modern technologies be adopted to minimize unemployment’s, these steps would pave the way of success, he contended.
HumaBaig suggested that governor house of Karachi be converted into hospital instead of a museum as a big museum is already existed in Karachi while there was acute shortage of government hospitals in the city.
Shura Hamdard has condoled the death of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and offered fateha. Ibn HasanRizvi, Dr. Rizwana Ansari and Safia Malik also spoke.