PTI Government’s first year in office: Here are 12 important developments worth-mentioning
The 2018’s General Elections saw Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-E-Insaf bag the most number of seats in the country. The cricketer-turned-politician became the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 18 last year.
Although, it cannot be denied that the government met the harshest criticism during this time, but there are few imperative developments that helped improve Pakistan’s visibility on a global level.
Here we look at some of the major achievements of PTI during its time in the federal government so far.
- After a hiatus of 21 years, the Russian government has finally decided to resume trade with Pakistan.
- Bangladesh also ordered an import of 300 tons of onions from Pakistan after a break of 15 years.
- The opening of Kartarpur Corridor has provided Pakistan with an opportunity to send a positive message across the globe as well as increasing the influx of religious tourists.
- The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has finally seemed to be on track. The national carrier resumed flights to Kuwait and some other important destinations of the world after years of break.
- The improving security situation in the country has also resulted in International Airlines resuming their flight operations to Pakistan. Recently, Kuwait Airways announced to resume flights to Karachi after 19 years. Before Kuwait Airways, British Airways also resumed flights to Pakistan after a decade.
- Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Etihad Airways have relaunched their codeshare partnership a few days ago.
- Recently, Pakistan, Turkey, and Malaysia decided to collaboratively launch a joint TV channel to counter Islamophobia.
- Saudi Arabia released hundreds of Pakistani prisoners in its jails as promised by the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman during his visit to Pakistan.
- During meeting with the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Emir of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah assured to ease its visa restrictions on Pakistanis. Kuwait had banned Pakistani nationals from entering its country back in 2011 along with Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.
- Mutahida Quami Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain was finally banned from every sort of media appearances after the Scotland Yard charged him with terrorism offences.
- Turkey, Malaysia and China stood by Pakistan despite India’s efforts of getting it blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Pakistan will move to white list from the grey list if appropriate measures are taken to curb money laundering and terror financing by February next year.
- Upon the special directions of PM Minister Imran Khan, shelter homes in major cities of the country have been set up to facilitate the needy.
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