President is addressing a joint session of parliament to mark the advent of the new parliamentary year.
PM Imran Khan is attending the joint session. Alvi began his address by highlighting the PTI government’s performance over the past two years.
“We should look back on the past two years to see what has been done, what will be done and what should be done.”
He congratulated the people of the country for fighting against terrorism. “Another achievement is that you provided shelter to Afghan refugees.”
Other countries preach about human rights but don’t let even 10 migrants enter their countries, he said, adding that Pakistan had shown its open-heartedness.
The president maintained that “positive news” was not highlighted in the country by the media. “If I have a child, I will encourage them, let them know they have done a good job and that they can do better instead of telling them they have done this or that wrong.”
Alvi added that now the world was recognising the government’s response to the pandemic. “Today, the world is giving our example. I don’t remember the last time I heard something like that.”
He also touched upon the government’s Ehsaas programme, introduced to provide those most affected by the fall-out from the virus with cash stipends.
“I commend the premier and the government for standing by their stance [on the country’s Covid-19 response] despite criticism from the opposition.”
The president said that Pakistan’s current account deficit had reduced despite the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the economy.
“Our ratings by Moody’s and Fitch have improved, showing us that they think the country’s situation looks good.”
It shows that the government’s policies are working, and if the coronavirus had not emerged, it would have managed to take it to new heights, he said.