PM Imran Khan ropes in foreign experts to rebuild Pakistan’s debt-ridden economy

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The prime minister's office says it's Khan's first meeting with a foreign dignitary since he was sworn in on August 18th.

"The criticism of the government helps in resolving issues". Mr Khan said the past practice of centralisation of power had deprived the people of any meaningful say in government affairs.

Khan also briefed the attending journalists on his recent meeting with National Accountability Bureau Chairman Javed Iqbal. He said the maintenance charges and pilot fees for the helicopter would be paid regardless of whether or not he used it, adding that there were significant threats to his life that had forced him to move out of Bani Gala. "We will take steps to further cut the government's expenses".

Imran Khan, who has on many occasions in the past criticized America's policy for South Asia, had also opposed the idea of Pakistan sending troops to Yemen to fight Houthi rebels.

Juma Khan Sufi, a writer and political watcher, said that Imran Khan's proposal for negotiations with India had a widespread positive impact in India.

Prime Minister Khan has asked the committee to give its recommendations in two weeks for possible steps to be taken for expedient return of unlawfully acquired assets from overseas. "They have been conveyed that any irregularities would not be tolerated now", he said.

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Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Monday said that continuous work would be done to achieve the goal of establishment of a new Pakistan.

"Resumption of official dialogue will not only give a boost to bilateral trade and people-to-people contacts which can pave the way for progress on efforts to find out a solution for their disputes", Sufi said.

The prime minister welcomed as "good omen" the chief justice's decision to take suo motu notice of the transfer of Rizwan Gondal, the district police officer (DPO) of Pakpattan. He, however, added this did not mean that Pakistan will accept any unjust demand by Washington.

At an event organised by the Youth Congress in Ajmer on Sunday, Sidhu said his visit resulted in a "message of peace" and he has reason to believe Pakistan is committed to maintaining peaceful ties with India.

Imran Khan reportedly refused to take a telephone call from the French president twice during the interaction with the senior journalists.

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