'Value of national currency improves after govt's steps'


ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Hammad Azhar, on Sunday said that the value of the national currency, rupee, has improved after the immediate steps taken by the federal government, ARY News reported.
Hammad Azhar, while addressing a press conference alongside the Punjab Minister for Industries and Trade Mian Aslam Iqbal, said that the government made tough decisions for national economy which also improved the value of Pakistani rupee.
“The government is not in favour of producing fake improvements in the national economy and its results are being witnessed day by day. During this period, the government has returned around $10.5 billion loans and the economy will further stabilise in coming days.”
The minister complained that the previous government led by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) looted the national exchequer and foreign exchange reserves were halved during its tenure.
He vowed that the government will not take any step which would endanger the national economy. Azhar clarified that all institutions of the country are on the same page whether the people will accept the fact or not. The minister also promised to make Pakistan among top listed countries within the next five years.
Responding to the questions raised over the increase in power tariff, Azhar admitted that the hike was made but electricity theft of the estimated amount of Rs82 billion was also stopped. He said that more than 70 per cent of the country’s population is associated with agriculture.
While pointing towards the prominent businesspersons meeting with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Azhar said that the people should question the industrialists regarding the result of the meeting. He said all of the business personalities have admitted the fact that the present government took difficult decisions to revive the economy.
“In that meeting, the businessmen had been told that all institutions are on the same page. Moreover, the Army Chief assured them for keeping the national economy under stabilised status.” – Agencies