ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has felicitated the Muslims across the globe on the advent of Ramazan, and urged the Pakistani nation to strive to help the impoverished segments in this need of hour.
“Ramazan Mubarak to Muslims across the world,” Imran Khan said in a twitter message on Friday night as the nation is set to observe the first fast of Ramazan-ul-Mubarak 2020 on Saturday.
The prime minister said that we in Pakistan must use the holy month of Ramazan to ask Allah for forgiveness for neglecting the poor & vulnerable in our society.
“We as a nation have been elite-centric in our policies, with no thought for these people including in the (COVID-19) pandemic,” he said.
Imran Khan further said that when we sought a total lockdown to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus without thinking about the consequences for the daily wage earners, the street vendors, the labourers, all of whom face poverty & hunger for themselves and their families.
“May Allah forgive us our sin of neglecting our dispossessed & poor citizens,” he prayed.
“Let us also resolve as a nation, in this holy month of Ramazan, to lift our marginalized citizens out of poverty & mainstream them as our Prophet (PBUH) did in the world’s first welfare state – Riyasat-i-Madina – and as China has done in lifting 700 million people out of poverty,” Imran Khan said.