Overseas Pakistanis supported PTI govt at critical junctures: PM Imran

Web Desk BOL News

25th Nov, 2021. 06:47 pm

Prime Minister Imran Khan speaking at Kamyab Jawan Convention in Islamabad. Photo: Screengrab

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that overseas Pakistanis assisted his government through their remittances in the most critical junctures.

Addressing a ceremony on the inauguration of Sohni Dharti Remittance Programme, the premier appreciated his economic team for incentivising overseas Pakistanis for sending remittances through proper banking channels. “The difference between the exports and imports put us in the vicious cycle of current account deficit as soon as we target economic growth.”

He said that the country has gone to the IMF programmes multiple times because of pressure on the state reserves, adding that maximising exports is the only solution to this pertinent problem.

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This year we will achieve record exports as the large-scale manufacturing has recorded good growth despite the pandemic, he said adding that his government should have introduced such schemes in the beginning of his governance tenure.

The premier said that the government plans to incentivize the overseas Pakistanis further by allowing them to invest in Pakistan through Roshan Pakistan digital account. “We will also give them relaxation in taxes on their investments in real estate.”

It is pertinent for us to lessen regulations in view of ensuring ease of business to them. “It is time for us to make them the VIPs of the country,” he said.

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