It’s time to invest in Pakistan, Imran Khan tells Dubai summit

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the World Government Summit in Dubai, UAE, on Feb. 10, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 11 February 2019

It’s time to invest in Pakistan, Imran Khan tells Dubai summit

  • Says Pakistan cannot postpone reform process any longer
  • Shares his vision of “equitable growth” with the forum

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan told a high-profile gathering in Dubai on Sunday it was the time to invest in his country since it was “on the upswing” and his government was striving to create conducive environment for business in Pakistan.

Addressing the seventh World Government Summit, Khan recognized the importance of launching a major reform process in his country, saying it was not possible to postpone it any further due to fears that “you would have opposition.”

He said times were different in the 1970s when people were still getting prosperous in Pakistan, adding that things changed for the worse due to the corrupt practices of politicians.

The prime minister shared his vision of “equitable growth” with the audience, saying he did not want “the rich to get richer and poor to get poorer.”

“I am really against this neo-liberal economics where you have 62 people owning as much wealth as three billion people on this Earth,” he maintained.

The World Economic Summit is annual global platform that brings together presidents, prime ministers, business leaders and policymakers to discuss the current and future opportunities to improve governance through reform, innovation and technology.

The prime minister attended the summit on the invitation of Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Makhtoum.

 


Blasphemy accusation in Pakistan sparks ransacking of Hindu temple, school

Updated 16 September 2019

Blasphemy accusation in Pakistan sparks ransacking of Hindu temple, school

  • The violence erupted in the southern province of Sindh after a student accused the Hindu principal of blasphemy

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: A crowd in Pakistan ransacked a school and Hindu temple after a Hindu principal was accused of blasphemy, police said on Monday, the latest case to raise concern about the fate of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country.
The violence erupted in the southern province of Sindh after a student accused the Hindu principal of blasphemy in comments about the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. The enraged crowd ransacked the school and damaged a nearby temple, a district police chief said.
The principal had been taken into protective custody and police were investigating both the alleged blasphemy and the rioters, he added.
“It seems the principal had not done anything intentionally,” the district police chief, Furrukh Ali, told Reuters.
Insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad carries a mandatory death penalty in Pakistan, which is about 95 percent Muslim and has among the harshest blasphemy laws in the world.
No executions for blasphemy have been carried out in Pakistan but enraged mobs sometimes kill people accused of it.
Rights groups say the blasphemy law is often exploited by religious hard-liners as well as ordinary Pakistanis to settle scores.
The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan condemned the weekend violence, footage of which was recorded in a video and circulated on social media. It called on authorities should take prompt action.
“The video ... is chilling: mob violence against a member of a religious minority is barbaric, unacceptable,” the commission said in a post on Twitter.
Hindus make up about 1.6 percent of Pakistan’s population of 208 million, the majority of whom are Sunni Muslims.
In January, the Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of a Christian women who spent years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy in a case that had drawn alarm from religious and human rights advocates.
In March, Pakistan’s government sacked a provincial minister for making offensive comments about Hindus as tension between Pakistan and Hindu-majority neighbor India ran high after a militant attack in the Indian-controlled portion of the contested Kashmir region.