PM calls UAE Crown Prince to condemn Houthi’s attack

ISLAMABAD (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan has a telephone call with Mohamed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and strongly condemned the heinous terrorist attack by Houthi militia on civil facilities in Abu Dhabi.
The prime minister expressed solidarity with the leadership, government and people of the United Arab Emirates, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release on Wednesday.
He underlined that such attacks could not be justified and stressed on immediate cessation of these attacks, which continued to pose grave threat to regional peace and security. The prime minister offered deepest condolences to the families of all the victims and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured. The Crown Prince thanked the prime minister for the strong expression of support, and also offered condolences on the sad demise of a Pakistani national who died in the tragic incident.
Increased indigenous Urea production ensures cheaper rates: PM: Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday said increased indigenous Urea production led to its availability to farmers at a five times cheaper rate compared to the prices in international market.
The government had devised a comprehensive mechanism for distribution of Urea fertilizer with the help of district administrations that would ensure its availability to the farmers at controlled rate, he said chairing a high-level meeting on fertilizer issues. The meeting was given a detailed briefing on Urea production, its distribution across the country, monitoring mechanism to curb hoarding and smuggling, and the price differential between Pakistan and the international market, including regional countries.
The meeting was attended by federal ministers Shaukat Fayyaz Tarin, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Hammad Azhar, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiyar and Syed Fakhar Imam, Minister for State Farrukh Habib, Special Assistant to the PM Dr Shehbaz Gill, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, stakeholders from the fertilizer industry and officials concerned, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release.
A comprehensive plan was also presented in the meeting, which after implementation would ensure smooth distribution of Urea fertilizer at union council level under the monitoring of district administration, agricultural department and revenue department. The prime minister directed to implement the plan immediately, saying the facilitation of small farmers was among the top most priorities of the government. The meeting was briefed that the Urea production in the three-year tenure of present government surpassed 6.1 million tons, 440,000 bags per day, which prior to 2018 had never crossed 5.5 million tons, 370,000 bags per day.
It was achieved due to the government’s policies, including unhindered supply of gas to Urea plants.
In addition to that, due the prime minister’s vision to prioritize food security, a robust system to monitor fertilizer supply and demand with constant monitoring had been put in place that had led to resolution of issues on daily basis.
Except Sindh, with a production of 90% and verification of of 23%, all other provinces had been ensuring verification on PITB Portal.
The prime minister said the government was taking strict anti-smuggling and anti-hoarding measures to curb illicit profiteering from Urea distribution across the country.
The government had achieved record production of Urea fertilizer in its three-year tenure, which surpassed 6.1 million tons. Prior to 2018 it never crossed 5.5 million tons., he observed.
The meeting also gave details regarding anti-smuggling operations and number of bags confiscated at the border crossing by authorities.