Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with PML-N MNAs from Gujranwala, Sialkot, Narowal, Hafizabad and Gujrat at the PM House here today.
Talking to them the Prime Minister said periods of dictatorship in Pakistan became breeding grounds for terrorism and extremism in the country and now the democratic government is taking steps to eradicate this menace.
He said situation in Karachi is improving with each passing day. This goes to the credit of PML-N government to have taken this decision of starting an operation in the provincial capital against miscreants and terrorists after taking all parties on board, he said.
The Prime Minister said before starting Zarb-e-Azb the government made all out efforts to resolve the problem through dialogue and talks, waiting patiently for the results, but when all our efforts failed we started this operation which has dismantled terrorist network and destroyed their hideouts.
The Prime Minister said terrorism has to be eliminated from the country. For this a 20-point agenda has been agreed upon by all political parties and is being implemented as National Action Plan.
The successful holding of Pakistan Day parade in a peaceful environment reflects that peace achieving efforts of the government are going successful, he said.
In the backdrop of his recent visit to Sialkot, the Prime Minister said government has decided to construct a four-lane expressway from Sialkot to Lahore, which would reduce travel time between the cities to around 50 minutes.
He said motorways are being made across the country to bring people closer to each other, which help businesses and generate more job opportunities.
He said we are planning construction of a highway with Chinese cooperation from Khunjerab to Gwadar. Gwadar would be made an international port and an international city, he said.
The Prime Minister said the government has inherited the energy problem, but we are moving towards a solution despite our limited resources.
He said to meet power shortage LNG-based power plants are being set up through PSDP funding in Pakistan which would generate 3600 MW of electricity. In addition, negotiations are under way for the import of electricity from China, he said.
The Prime Minister said several hydropower, wind and solar projects are also underway, which would generate a total of around 10,000 MW additional electricity to the national grid by the end of 2017.
The Prime Minister emphasized that corruption at any level and in any department would not be tolerated and anybody involved in corrupt practices will be dealt with an iron hand.
He congratulated the nation on a bumper wheat crop expected this year and said measures are being taken to take maximum benefit of this. We are working to reduce inputs of agricultural products, he said.
The Prime Minister said farmers should get due share of their hard work and approved forming a committee for looking into the matter of agricultural subsidies for different areas according to their specific conditions, for giving recommendations for increasing wheat and rice export, solar based home water solutions and solar tube-wells. The Committee comprises Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Mr. Sikandar Bosan, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Mr. Daniyal Aziz and MD AEDB would be headed by Mr. Zahid Hamid.
The MNAs informed the Prime Minister that reduction in the price of diesel and petrol has provided relief to the farming community. Inflation, especially prices of essential commodities, has come down which has been welcomed by the people, they said.
They also apprised the Prime Minister of matters pertaining to their constituencies especially those relating to agriculture and development.
The Prime Minister said he will visit the areas of the elected representatives and announce more development projects.
The legislators said that people are highly appreciative of the courageous operation against terrorist elements underway in Karachi which has significantly improved law and order situation in the city. They urged the Prime Minister that justice be meted out to all those involved in criminal activities in Karachi and other parts of the country.
They regarded Nankana by-election victory as a barometer of government’s performance since June 2013 and congratulated the Prime Minister and the party on this accomplishment.
Participants of the meeting included Ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Defence; Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Commerce; Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Minister of State for CADD; Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for National Health Services as well as MNAs Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Justice (Retd.) Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema, Mian Shahid Hussain Bhatti, Nawabzada Mazher Ali, Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Chaudhry Armaghan Subhani, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Syed Iftikhar ul Hassan, Mr. Zahid Hamid, Mian Muhammad Rasheed and Mr. Daniyal Aziz.
Capt. (Retd.) Muhammad Safdar MNA and Dr. Asif Kirmani, Political Secretary to PM also attended the meeting.