It’s time to invest in Pakistan, Imran Khan tells Dubai summit

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the World Government Summit in Dubai, UAE, on Feb. 10, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 11 February 2019
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It’s time to invest in Pakistan, Imran Khan tells Dubai summit

  • Says Pakistan cannot postpone reform process any longer
  • Shares his vision of “equitable growth” with the forum

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan told a high-profile gathering in Dubai on Sunday it was the time to invest in his country since it was “on the upswing” and his government was striving to create conducive environment for business in Pakistan.

Addressing the seventh World Government Summit, Khan recognized the importance of launching a major reform process in his country, saying it was not possible to postpone it any further due to fears that “you would have opposition.”

He said times were different in the 1970s when people were still getting prosperous in Pakistan, adding that things changed for the worse due to the corrupt practices of politicians.

The prime minister shared his vision of “equitable growth” with the audience, saying he did not want “the rich to get richer and poor to get poorer.”

“I am really against this neo-liberal economics where you have 62 people owning as much wealth as three billion people on this Earth,” he maintained.

The World Economic Summit is annual global platform that brings together presidents, prime ministers, business leaders and policymakers to discuss the current and future opportunities to improve governance through reform, innovation and technology.

The prime minister attended the summit on the invitation of Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Makhtoum.

 


Pakistan student kills professor over mixed reception

Updated 20 March 2019
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Pakistan student kills professor over mixed reception

  • The student accused his teacher of “spreading obscenity”
  • The professor was stabbed in his head and stomach

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani student was arrested Wednesday after stabbing his professor to death for organizing a mixed-gender reception at a government college, police said.

Associate professor Khalid Hameed was killed Wednesday on the campus of Sadiq Egerton College in the southern city of Bahawalpur, a local police official told AFP.

"The professor had organized a gender mix reception for the new students and the event was supposed to take place tomorrow, on Thursday," he said.

According to the report registered with the police, a copy of which was seen by AFP, the student had shouted that he killed the professor because he was "spreading obscenity."

"The gender mix reception is against the teachings of Islam and I had warned him to stop it," he was quoted as saying in the report filed with the police.

The professor's son Waleed Khan, who was with him at the time of the incident, said the student was waiting for his father.

"As my father was about to step into his office, the guy attacked him with a knife, hitting him at his head and stomach," he told AFP.

"My father then fell down and I rushed to him, the student held his knife and started shouting 'I have killed him, I had told him that a gender mix reception is against Islam'," he said.

"We took him to hospital but he had already died," he said.

He said the student dropped his knife and the guards arrested him.

The Punjab provincial government said on Twitter that the student had been arrested and the chief minister had sought a report from the police.

Mixed-gender events are not uncommon in Pakistan's educational institutions but they come with more restrictions in government-owned colleges than in private ones.

Recently, a government university in Punjab issued a dress code barring female students from wearing tops with a deep neckline, sleeveless shirts, tights, skinny jeans or capri pants.

In many government universities there is a ban on students sitting as "couples" and "inappropriate" interaction between male and female students.