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Imran Khan stresses long-term economic policies to combat inflation

KARACHI: Pointing out the importance of the long-term economic policies, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said there has been a dearth of such policies to stabilize the country’s economy.

Addressing a meeting with representatives of Korangi Association of Trade and Industry, Imran Khan echoed the concerns of business community of the city.

“The traders are not taken into account as policy makers set aside their proposals,” noted Khan. He said the economy could not flourish until suggestions of the business community were taken on board, resulting in further rise of both inflation and unemployment.

He said all emerging economies of the world progressed after taking long-term policies into consideration. “Unfortunately, our policy makers have been making policies with an effect lasting months or a couple of years,” he pointed.

The unemployment in the country will only fall if policy makers take into account the suggestions of the business community, opined Khan.

The PTI chief reached Karachi on a four-day visit this morning.

According to sources within the party, Khan is also expected to attend a party’s membership camp in Malir area of the city, besides holding a press conference in the evening today at residence of PTI Karachi chapter leader Firdaus Shamim Naqvi, the sources said.

Later in the evening, Khan will also address a workers’ convention at 5:00 pm and visit PTI Sindh leader Haleem Adil Sheikh’s residence in Karachi to express his condolences on the demise of his brother.

Moments before the departure, the PTI chief held a brief meeting with Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) in Islamabad.

The duo discussed the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) reforms bill, sources said.

On Saturday, Khan had threatened the government to hit the roads if Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) did not merge with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) before the 2018 elections.

Addressing the FATA youth convention, the PTI chief said any further delay to merge the terrorism-hit semi-autonomous tribal region would keep the issue hanging for next five years.

Throwing light on poor infrastructure in FATA, Khan stressed the need to reconstruct the tribal region. “It’s not possible to develop the FATA without its merger with KP,” he underscored.

He opined that the terrorism would spread in FATA if authorities failed to fill out the vacuum created owing to anti-terrorism operations in the region.

Coming down hard on government allies, he said the JUI-F and the PkMAP, two political parties, had been opposing the FATA-KP merger. “These parties have been doing politics at the cost of the misery of tribesmen.



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