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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan says that those who take advantage of corrupt systems are the ones who are opposing the electronic voting machine (EVM) system, which he believes will solve a big problem of Pakistan’s electoral process. Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad on Wednesday, PM Imran Khan said that three years of the PTI government were “very difficult”. “I learned a lot in that period. Until you give up, you won’t lose. Try to reach new heights and never have fear,” the premier advised.

The prime minister said that one should never compromise on their vision, but only improve on it. “It is necessary for a captain to keep a check on his team. I have seen my cabinet under difficult times and I have seen who get nervous when,” he said. Imran Khan said that he has not learned as much in his short life as he has learned in these three years as prime minister of Pakistan. He shared that he tells all federal ministers that the more hard work they put in, the greater heights they’ll reach. Speaking about the EVM system, the premier said a “mafia” is opposing it because they do not want to see change and development. “What [personal] benefit will using the EVM bring to us?” the premier asked. He said that every election in Pakistan becomes controversial.

He questioned why there is no uproar over the elections in Germany and other similar countries. He also gave an example of the electoral system in US, saying that the uproar in elections disappeared in the US because of the use of a good electoral system. Prime Minister Imran Khan terming good governance the key to success of a government, urged his cabinet members to stay focused in achieving the targets and make the political party stronger through performance delivery. “We are ensuring that during our tenure, all the promises are met and all services delivered to the citizens,” he said in his address at the signing of two-year Performance Agreements 2021- 23 with federal ministers, here at the PM Secretariat. The signing was part of the prime minister’s comprehensive Civil Service Reforms Agenda, under which the government had initiated a management system that brought the entire federal government together through a single implementation tool of ‘Performance Agreements’.

The prime minister said the high-performance delivery in the next two years would make a smooth way ahead for the government to succeed in general polls. Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan will continue to raise its voice for Kashmir in the world till the Kashmiris get their right of self-determination. He was talking to President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry, who called on him here. During the meeting, situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) was discussed.

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