Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday launched the “Universal Health Coverage” initiative for 1.2 million families in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
On Friday, while addressing a ceremony held to launch the Sehat Sahulat Programme’s Universal Health Coverage for Azad Kashmir, PM said, “By launching this facility we want people on the other side of Kashmir to know how we treat our people. By introducing health insurance in AJK, I want to send a message to the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, who are facing severe hardships at the hands of fascist Indian regime, how Pakistan treats its people in Azad Kashmir.”
He further said that PTI was striving hard to make the country a true Islamic welfare state in line with the vision of Riasat-i-Madina and as per the Objective Resolution adopted by the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan in 1949. “Instead of claims of making the country an Asian tiger or turning Lahore into Paris, we are striving to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state as per the Objective Resolution,” he added.
He said in the ceremony that this scheme would be beneficial for at least 1.2 million people in AJK and people of the region would be entitled to avail free treatment from 350 government and private hospitals across Pakistan.
He then said that this insurance scheme was first launched by the previous government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and six million people in Punjab were being provided with the health insurance facility.
“It is my faith that when you take care of the people, especially the poor, Allah Almighty increases your resources,” he said. This is why welfare states are richer, he added.
He also said, “When I entered politics, I thought if I got a chance to serve the country, I will introduce a health scheme where people would be able to get free medical treatment.” And he is now trying to prove his attentions “loyal” towards the people of the country.