PM vows to counter violence in name of religion

PM vows to counter violence in name of religion

Lauds Malik Adnan’s bravery saying ‘One moral man is an army’
Confident of increase in economic growth by fiscal year end

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday categorically said that the government would not spare those who resort to violence in the name of Islam or the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).
The premier made the comments while addressing a condolence reference for Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched to death by a mob in Sialkot last week, at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad. Members of the federal cabinet also attended the event. The premier also laid a floral wreath on a portrait of Kumara.
A certificate of appreciation was also awarded to Malik Adnan, Kumara’s colleague who had tried to save his life.
Addressing the event, the Premier lauded Adnan’s bravery, saying it was heartening to see that a person tried to save another by risking his own life.
“Role models are important in the country because people follow them,” he said, adding that “moral power is greater than physical power”.
“There is an English phrase ‘one moral man is an army’,” the premier said. He further said: “The moral might of a person carries much more weight than their physical might.”
“Hopefully, the youth of Pakistan will remember Malik Adnan as a human being who stood up in front of hundreds of animals,” PM Khan said. He added that Adnan would be given the Tamgha-i-Shujaat on March 23.
“If someone accuses a person of blasphemy, the victim rots in jail and no lawyer or authority comes to his defence,” he said.
The PM said that the business community in Sialkot had informed him that they had collected $0.1 million for Kumara and that his family would continue to receive his monthly salary. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran while chairing a meeting of the Macro Economic Advisory Group said Pakistan’s macroeconomic indicators were stable and expressed confidence that by the end of the fiscal year, the economy would grow at a higher rate compared with previous year.
He said the increase in large-scale manufacturing and value-addition of goods, increased revenues and an increase in exports showed that the policy measures taken by the government had started to bear fruit.
The meeting was apprised about the current economic situation of the country, improving macroeconomic indicators and a comprehensive strategy to further strengthen the economy, helping to sustain the growth rate despite a rise in global commodity prices. When the global economies were battered by the adverse effects of the pandemic, Pakistan not only did well to contain the situation but also sustained the economic growth rate of 3.9 percent, he said.