Islamabad - Vice-President of Public Policy Facebook Singapore Simon Milner briefed Prime Minister Imran Khan about various initiatives being taken by Facebook to create online communities, reaching out to remote communities, facilitating access to health services, garnering community responses towards disaster management and checking the misuse of social media.

Special Assistants to the Prime Minister Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Iftikhar Durrani and senior officials were present during the meeting.

Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated Facebook’s existing global outreach and efforts for building online communities towards promoting social connectivity among peoples and communities across the world.

The prime minister also acknowledged the role of Facebook and social media towards raising awareness among public on critical issues. The prime minister observed that there exists huge potential for the organisation for developing online communities within Pakistan in the field of social services, especially in promotion of community health services and raising health awareness campaigns in remote areas of the country.

The prime minister underscored the need for putting in place a robust mechanism to effectively check misuse of social media in spreading fake news, violence and hate content. He said that Facebook, with its large number of subscribers, can play a significant role towards checking negative attempts that threaten our society and social values.

Meeting with sindh governor

Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday directed the Attorney General for Pakistan to file a review petition before the Supreme Court over its earlier orders on the anti encroachment drive in Karachi.

The prime minister issued the directive during a meeting with Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, who called on him, PM Office media wing in a press release said. During the meeting, the issue of ongoing anti-encroachment drive in Karachi was discussed.

task force on technology driven economy

Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday approved, in principle, constitution of a task force on technology driven knowledge economy which was being established with an aim to carry out foresight exercises at regular intervals in order to constantly re-evaluate national priorities and put in place strategies and action plans, with delineated timelines to build a powerful knowledge economy. The PM’s task force on technology driven knowledge economy would be comprising leading scientists/engineers, representatives from private sector, federal and provincial governments, PM Office media wing in a press release said.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the prime minister with Dr Atta-ur-Rehman at the PM office.

The prime minister said that building intellectual capital of the country, industrialisation and development of human capital, enhancement of value-added produce along with quality management for optimisation of productivity were among the foremost priorities of the government which would help realise the potential of the country.

He said that there existed huge potential in the youth of the country to excel and secure Pakistan’s share in medium and hi-technologies. Dr Atta-ur-Rehman briefed the prime minister about progress on construction of Pak Austrian Fachhochschule, Haripur. He also apprised the prime minister about progress into establishment of centre of excellence with help of China in mineral resources engineering, railway engineering and agriculture food technologies.