Mr. Asif Ali Zardari met Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM House today. Both the leaders showed strong resolve to work for the prosperity and economic development of Pakistan. They expressed their commitment to respect and to strengthen all institutions in order to address the many challenges faced by Pakistan including those of security, health, education and poverty for a better future.
The leaders jointly reviewed the political situation in the country and expressed satisfaction on the progress of Political Institutions. The decision to respect the mandate of people in different provinces was appreciated and continued cooperation between federation and the provinces was also lauded.
The Prime Minister apprised ex-President and his team about his development vision and the strategy with reference to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and apprised them that the projects in the province of Sindh have been given high priority. A number of projects in energy and infrastructure sectors in Sindh Province have been included for execution on priority basis during the first three years. The Prime Minister urged that implementation mechanism in Sindh may be upgraded.
Issues regarding various legislations, including Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, amendments in Anti-Terrorism Act and future legislative agenda, were also discussed. It was agreed that all political forces should develop a consensus on legislation for their effective implementation and Mr. Zahid Hamid was asked by the Prime Minister to carry out another consultative process with all political parties to address their reservations, if any.
It was agreed that the people of Pakistan have huge expectations from their elected representatives and it is now imperative that the elected representatives live up to their expectations with first priority to needs of the common man which include employment, health, education and shelter. The Prime Minister expressed his desire to work with all political forces for achieving these objectives. The present law and order situation in the country with particular reference to on-going Karachi operation was discussed.