Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday (today) is answering public queries of people via telephone calls like he had done a few months ago.
The prime minister rejected advice from his aides and ministers, who suggested he answer questions from people in a recorded telecast, the sources confirmed.
The prime minister, instead, insisted on answering the questions during a live transmission.
Before answering the calls, the premier urged people to "help yourselves and help the nation" by observing coronavirus SOPs.
"I will advise everyone to wear this mask," he reiterated.
Govt's responsibility to protect people against virus
PM Imran Khan said it was the government's responsibility to protect people during the infection. He cautioned people to wear masks in closed rooms where there was no ventilation and in buses and other means of transport.
In response to the first caller, the prime minister said Pakistan was importing gas from other countries at exorbitant rates while the resources it was tapping in its own country, were on the decline.
He said countries progress due to higher education among the masses. "We also have to think about what sort of high education we have [to impart]," he said. "Buildings do not bring about quality education; it also depends on what type of degrees they are handing out to students," he said.
PM Imran said the government is bringing about "huge changes" in the HEC, adding that the previous chairman of the education committee was not selected by the incumbent government.
Inflation and mafia
In response to the second caller who complained about inflation, PM Imran Khan said prices of vegetables and other food items were on the rise as the farmers who supplied them wanted their products to be sold at high prices in the market.
"The middlemen are making a lot of money from this," he said.
The prime minister said his government was working towards an ingenious solution through which they are aiming to connect the primary producers of these items to the final consumers.
He said the masses will see the positive effects of the rupee strengthening against the US dollar, adding that the local currency's performance had already led to a decline in prices of diesel.