Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that successful transition of power from one civilian government to another has been effected in the wake of May 11 general elections in the country; this symbolizes, he added, the upholding of democratic principles and must be taken forward by all political parties. He further said that we have left behind the politics of late 1980’s and 90’s which was largely based on personal vendetta.
The Prime Minister expressed these views while presiding over the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Parliamentary Party meeting at the Parliament House, Islamabad this afternoon.
The Prime Minister said that presidential nominee of PML- N, Mr. Mamnoon Hussein, is a man of integrity and commitment and is fully capable of holding the exalted office of President of Pakistan. His election will add to the respect and dignity of the party, its allies and Pakistan, the Prime Minister observed.
Alluding to presidential nominee’s unblemished democratic credentials, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that Mr. Mamnoon Hussein, after being elected as President, will come up to the nation’s trust and further exhorted the Parliamentary Party members to come on time tomorrow for the presidential voting.
On this occasion, the party’s presidential candidate Mr. Mamnoon Hussein also canvassed parliamentarians for voting in his favour. Describing the office of President as the symbol of federation, the presidential candidate pledged to serve the country and its people in his capacity as President.
The Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction that democracy is taking root in the country with the upholding of rule of law and supremacy of the constitution.
The Prime Minister said that May 11 elections were held on time in spite of the extremely dismal security situation prevailing in the country at the time. No political party boycotted the general elections and tomorrow’s presidential election should not have been boycotted by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on flimsy grounds.
With tomorrow’s presidential election, President will be stepping into the shows of its predecessor and this should have been taken in the right stride by opposition parties. Democratic era has ushered in the country and we have to move on this democratic path steadfastly and with courage by upholding the sanctity of the ballot box.
The Prime Minister also briefed the Parliamentary Party meeting about his recent visit to China. Enumerating the agreements and accords signed between the two neighbouring countries during his visit, he said their implementation will turn out to be a game changer for Pakistan and the region.
The Prime Minister also underlined the importance of improving the security situation in the country as economic growth and improved law and order go hand in hand. He said that with improved security situation in the country will come economic growth, foreign direct investment and overall development.
During the meeting, Minister for Water & Power Khawaja Asif briefed in detail about the current energy situation in the country and also outlined the broad contours of the National energy Policy ready to see the light of the day in the coming days.