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Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Saturday said the country's economy is moving forward on the positive trajectory and deficits are witnessing a downward trend.

"The fiscal targets are being achieved and we are moving towards industrialization due to vast investment opportunities and ease of doing business," Dr Awan said while addressing a news conference, here today.

She maintained that there are vast opportunities in tourism sector; with the opening of Kartarpur Corridor next month, religious tourism will move forward while doors of medical tourism and other tourism are opening up.

Terming Imran Khan's Monday's visit to China as of vital importance, Dr. Firdous Awan said the premier is visiting China to discuss bilateral economic and trade relations and the CPEC related projects with the Chinese leadership. The situation in occupied Kashmir and India's aggression along the LOC will also come under discussion during talks, she added. However, Federal Minister Khusro Bakhtiar will unfold details about the visit in a news conference on Sunday, she said: "PM Imran Khan was most popular personality who is sincerely striving for the welfare of the people."

Talking about JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman's announcement of 'Azadi March' from October 27, Dr. Firdous Awan said the present government will complete its tenure of five years with the backing and support of the masses and Maulana Fazl will fail in his designs of creating instability and chaos in the country. She claimed that the people will not turn up in the march and even the students of seminaries will also disappoint Fazl ur Rehman. "The people are fully cognizant of the tactics and religious card used by Fazlur Rehman to reach the treasury benches and the call for march is contrary to the sentiments of the people," she said, adding: "Fazl ur Rehman has always practiced the politics based on vested interests."

She said the two opposition parties whose leadership is facing corruption cases are using the shoulders of Maulana Fazlur Rehman to achieve their objectives. She added that Bilawal Bhutto and his father are talking on two different lines.

She further said that under the National Action Plan (NAP), far reaching reforms were introduced by the government to bring students of seminaries in national stream.

Answering a question, Dr Awan said the government will not hinder a peaceful protest but the timing warrants greater unity instead of anarchy. The march should be for Kashmir and not to dislodge the government, she insisted.

She said Kashmir has become flash point around the world and Kashmiris consider PM Imran Khan their saviour. He said the premier has forcefully presented the case of Kashmiris in the UN General Assembly apart from showing true face of Islam before the world.

She also highlighted steps taken by the government for promotion of agriculture sector by engaging the provincial government.

Dr Awan also gave credit to the premier for the return of international cricket to Lahore. She hoped that sports activities will increase in the country which would lead towards a healthy society.

When asked about retrenchment of media personnel, she said the government is looking into the issue and has already constituted a committee in this regard.

Moreover, Dr Awan in a tweet congratulated PM Imran Khan on the occasion of his birthday. She said: "Imran Khan's enthusiasm and spirit to serve the nation was a guarantee of Pakistan's progress and prosperity." She prayed that Imran Khan may live long enjoying good health.

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