PM wants politicians to share economic challenges


ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday asked the five-member committee formed for dialogue with all the parliamentary parties to immediately contact the leadership of the parties to ascertain their availability for consultation on national economic challenges.
“Since the budget was passed unanimously by the parliament, the financial challenges of the country also need to be shared to find solution through collective wisdom.
The people of Pakistan should be kept informed of the economic challenges and measures to be taken to confront these challenges,” Gilani said while chairing a mid-term economic review meeting held here. The prime minister said the economic challenges of Pakistan would be shared with all the political leaders of the parliament to seek their proposals for solving the financial problems of the country and the people.
The objective behind the reconciliatory process and consultation with political leadership is to develop consensus and take decisions in the larger national interest, he added. The finance minister briefed the participants on the state of the national economy and the economic challenges being faced by the country in the wake of the devastating floods, the war against terrorism, national security needs and the international recession. The finance secretary apprised the participants of the budgetary position and probabilities at the close of the financial year.
task force for polio eradication: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday announced the setting up of a national task force to oversee progress on polio eradication. The announcement was made while chairing a meeting of National Emergency Action Plan 2011 for Polio Eradication. The committee will be headed by the prime minister while all the chief ministers and the Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa governor will be its members.