PAKISTAN TO LEARN FROM CHINA’S MODEL IN POVERTY ALLEVIATION: PM

November 12, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, said on Saturday that, Pakistan will learn from China’s model, for poverty alleviation in the country, local media reported.

Addressing a ceremony, to inaugurate a shelter home in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, the prime minister said, China has lifted over 700 million people out of poverty, during the last three decades, which is an unprecedented achievement in the history of the world, and “Pakistan will learn from it.”

Khan, who had visited China earlier this month, said, the government has already started talks with the Chinese side, to take their input and help to devise a comprehensive strategy for poverty reduction in Pakistan.

“My government would soon introduce a poverty alleviation package, for the first time in the country’s history, to pull the poor people out of poverty,” said Khan, adding that, a series of coordinated efforts would be made.

According to Pakistan’s Economic Survey 2018, over 24 percent of the country’s total population of over 207 million, is living below the poverty line. Poverty, hunger and unemployment afflict a big section of the Pakistani population, the report said.

Khan also announced to establish shelter homes for the homeless people across the country, who have been deprived of the basic needs of shelter, food and healthcare

Source: Voice of America