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Crisis to be over in two months: Imran
Addressing the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) Fund Raiser on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan professed the bad times bring out the best from amongst the nations.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said two more months will be
difficult while assuring that afterwards things will phenomenally improve
that the whole world will cite our country's successful model.
We are a strong nation that has withstood the challenges of time and we saw that during the mega flood of 2010 also.
Citing the reference of post World War Europe, the prime minister said Germany and Japan became nations to reckon with in just a decade with their exemplary development.
Imran Khan was in Karachi for raising funds for SKMH
He said the coming two months will be difficult but things
will improve so much that the world will cite Pakistan’s successful model as
they used to back in the1960s.
Imran said people from abroad will come to Pakistan seeking employment.
Thanking people at the SKMCH fundraiser, Imran said the hospital is treating cancer patients free of cost for the last 25 years and we spent Rs 40 billion for that purpose.
The donations were spent on treatment of the patients and not for the hospital, he added.
He said during the donation campaign it was being said that SKMCH cannot be a free cancer hospital and if at all it ever became one it will not cater to free treatment of 70 per cent patients.
But today it has become a reality and over 75 per cent patients are offered free treatment, Imran said.
The SKMCH received the certification from internationally acclaimed Joint Commission International for Patient Safety Accredation and Certification for free treatment of 75 per cent patients, he said.
Recalling a journalist’s query about India-Pak dispute over Kashmir issue ahead of the Sharjah’s Pak-India cricket match, the former cricket skipper said, I told him that instead of wasting billions in defence expenditures by the two poverty struck nations it would be good to decide the outcome of the Kashmir issue in Sharjah match.
“My statement offended the Indian crowd so much that they returned the tickets of the match
At that time Seth Abid intervened to support.
Abid helped SKMCH great deal.
” He said this year the hospital suffered losses worth over Rs 8.5 billion but we continued with our work.
He said we are happy to report that every year more funds are collected than the preceding year.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is against the formation of a new province in Sindh as there will be no need to divide Sindh under the new local government system that we will introduce.
The PM stated this on Friday during his meeting at Sindh Governor House with MNAs, MPAs of PTI and its allied parties in the province.Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and federal ministers were also present on the occasion
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