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The commendable achievements of Imran Khan and why he is still drawing massive crowds

The life of charismatic Imran Khan has been filled with big achievements happening for the first time. He won Pakistan its first ever cricket world cup. After retiring from cricket he went on to raise millions of dollars to fund an ambitious cancer hospital in his mother’s memory.

He entered the exclusive clubs of sportspersons who became politicians and swept to power in 2018 to become 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. Similarly, Imran Khan had hoped to complete a full, five-year term, for the first time in Pakistan’s history. He is also now the first prime minister in Pakistan’s history to be ousted in a vote of no confidence.

The ousted Khan has been seen to fail on many of his promises but he has also accomplished much to try to make a comeback in the next election.

Here is a quick review of some of the areas where Imran Khan have made an impact and these facts cannot be denied.

Tax Collection

Imran Khan’s government collected highest tax and even exceeded the set target. Imran Khan then congratulated the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on exceeding its revenue collection target.

The premier took to Twitter to praise the tax collection agency for “achieving a 35% increase in revenues in November over last year and a 37% increase in the five months over last year.”

According to details, the FBR exceeded its target by Rs 298 billion in the first five months of the current fiscal year (July-November). It collected Rs 2.314 trillion as opposed to the target of Rs 2.016 trillion.

According to the FBR’s official press statement issued on Tuesday night, “the Board has released the provisional revenue collection figures for the months July-November of the current Financial Year 2021-22.” 

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During the current fiscal year 2021-22, the FBR collected net revenue of Rs 2,314 billion, exceeding the target of Rs 2,016 billion by Rs 298 billion. This represents a 36.5 percent increase over the Rs 1,695 billion collected during the same period last year.

In the latest figures PTI have collected Rs. 5122 Billion in tax collection which is increased by 28% compared to the last fiscal year. In a recent tweet by the current Financial Advisor Miftah Ismail mentioned the new figures.

Sehat Sahulat Card

The Pakistani government has introduced the Sehat Insaf Card under Imran Khan’s leadership, which provides low-income and poor households with free medical services and covers medical bills up to one million rupees per year.

Sehat Card

The card, part of the PTI’s Sehat Sahulat Program, was initially a health insurance scheme launched by the ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in 2016, and it has now been expanded to the federal capital, Punjab, and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Benefits

  1. Free emergency care.
  2. Free maternity health care.
  3. Free surgical procedures
  4. Hospitalization at no cost.
  5. Consultations and follow-ups are free.
  6. Coverage of transportation costs.

Services

  1. In-patient care services (all medical and surgical procedures).
  2. Heart conditions (angioplasty/bypass).
  3. Diabetes mellitus is finished.
  4. Cases of burns and accidents (life and limb saving treatments, implants, prosthesis).
  5. Dialysis for end-stage kidney disease
  6. Infections that are chronic (hepatitis/HIV/rheumatology).
  7. Cases of organ failure (liver, kidney, heart, and lungs).
  8. Cancer (chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery).
  9. Neurosurgery procedure

Diamir Bhasha Dam

Imran Khan’s government responded to these financial challenges in 2021 by issuing Pakistan’s first-ever green bond, which was oversubscribed with four times the number of investors willing to invest than was required, raising $500 million for this project.

The construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam will also have a positive impact on the annual energy generation of existing hydel power stations such as Tarbela, Ghazi Barotha, and others, which will increase by another 2.5 billion units. In addition, the life of Tarbela Dam will be extended by another 35 years.

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The project will have a gross water storage capacity of 8.1 MAF, which will be used to irrigate an additional 1.23 million acres of land. With a total installed capacity of 4,500 MW, the project will provide more than 18 billion units per year to the national grid.

The WAPDA is building the Diamer Basha Dam Project on the Indus River, which is expected to be finished in 2028-29.

Covid Handling

Covid had a severe impact on the world in terms of deaths, hospital shortages and economic pressure. Imran Khan was the only leader in the entire world who opposed complete lockdowns and instead opted selected lockdowns he termed smart lockdowns. He was critisized by the entire opposition but it ended up well for Pakistan. 

Pakistan’s Covid record has been the best in South Asia. In the entire world the cases per million were 1275 but in Pakistan the cases per million were 901. According to the data from NCOC, the deaths per million in the world were 68 but in Pakistan the deaths per million were 18.

Pakistan’s Covid vaccination program was also a success, with more than 80% of the 12-year-old population vaccinated. This is a rare accomplishment for any country, let alone a poor one. The process of acquiring, administering, and measuring success in the form of the NCOC and other institutions demonstrated that when Pakistanis put their minds to it, we are far ahead of many other countries in the world.

Billion Tree Tsunami

The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan, lead by Imran Khan’s party launched the Billion Tree Tsunami in 2014 as a response to the threat of global warming. Pakistan’s Billion Tree Tsunami restores 350,000 hectares of degraded land and forests, exceeding the country’s Bonn Challenge commitment.

The project aims to improve the ecosystems of classified forests, as well as privately owned waste and farm lands, and thus requires close collaboration with concerned communities and stakeholders to ensure meaningful participation through project promotion and extension services. The project was completed ahead of schedule in August 2017.

Pakistan Ease of Doing Business

Pakistan has lagged behind in the ease of doing business index over the years. Pakistan is ranked 108th in the Doing Business 2020 report, up 28 places from the Doing Business 2019 report.

Prime Minister Khan has formed a high-level steering committee to monitor the progress of reforms in each of the ten indicators tracked by the EODB report. Governor SBP has been tasked with leading the reforms in the index’s Getting Credit Indicator.

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The Government of Pakistan’s focused efforts to introduce reforms and create an enabling environment for easing business regulations have resulted in a significant improvement of 39 notches in Pakistan’s ease of doing business index.

Voice against Islamophobia

Mr. Khan spoke of a post-9/11 tendency for xenophobic and violent nationalists, as well as extremists and terrorist groups, to target Muslims, describing Islamophobia as a “pernicious phenomenon” that must be combated collectively.

In light of this, he urged the Secretary-General to convene a global dialogue to combat the rise of Islamophobia while also promoting interfaith harmony.

He emphasized that “the worst and most pervasive form” of Islamophobia “now rules India,” and that the current government’s “Hindutva ideology” is unleashing “a reign of fear and violence” against India’s 200-million-strong Muslim community.

His voice against the rising tide of Islamophobia was finally heard when United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) approve Pakistan’s resolution setting March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia.

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