LAHORE - Claiming he had the panacea for all problems facing the country, the PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said Pakistan would rank among top 10 economies of the world if his party came into power after the coming elections.

“Our experts have chalked out a road map to set the country on the path of progress in various fields. The country is undergoing a change and we would make a new Pakistan,” he said while addressing a function at Alhamra held in connection with the 65th Independence Day of Pakistan.

Delineating his future priorities, Sharif said if given power, PML-N would make the country one of the 10 strongest economies of the world.

In an obvious reference to present government, he said constitution, democracy, judiciary and parliament were being put at stake to hide and save the money accumulated through corruption. He said it was all the more deplorable as occurring in a country which was created for the purpose of supremacy of law.

He said PML-N would not allow anyone to play with the future of the country and will bring the nation out of the darkness of despair and despondency. He said PML-N leadership was committed to safeguard national sovereignty and integrity.

On loadshedding, Nawaz deplored that power crisis had ruined country’s economy. Terming it a serious issue, he said PML-N would try to overcome the problem within six months. He said a bright future was awaiting Pakistan.

Sharif said it was unfortunate that despite passage of 65 years the ideals of the founder of the country, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had not been achieved. He said it was lamentable that the nation was plunged in darkness and poverty, unemployment, disease and backwardness darkening the future of the country.

The PML-N leader said the rulers were wandering about in the world with a begging bowl in their hand and the economy was being run on charity and loans. He said Pakistan’s sovereignty was in danger and it was being accused of any catastrophe that happened anywhere in the world. He said the skilled Pakistanis, disillusioned with the future of the country, had migrated to other countries in thousands. He said industrial sector had been ruined and a new scandal of corruption came to fore almost daily.

Sharif said violation of constitution and trampling of democratic values were the main cause of the present state of the affairs in the country and this tendency not only disintegrated the country in the past but also weakened the foundations of the remaining Pakistan.

He said the desire by undemocratic forces to undermine the right of the masses to rule the country had not allowed the democratic institutions to flourish. However, Sharif said there was still hope for a better tomorrow provided the nation was determined enough to change the course of history.

Sharif said PML-N was the party of Quaid-e-Azam and it had taken upon itself the responsibility to transform Pakistan in accordance with the vision of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam.

Referring to the achievements of his government, Sharif said during his tenures mega development projects were started which included motorways, highways, new airports, seaports, modern fiber optic telecommunication system as well as programmes in other sectors due to which lakhs of people availed job opportunities. He said the PML-N also had to its credit power projects like Ghazi Barotha and Chashma Nuclear Project and on top of it making Pakistan a nuclear power. He said agreement of production of GF Thunder aircraft with the cooperation of China was also signed during his period.

He said Pakistan had highly talented youth which comprised 65 per cent population of the country and such economic policies would be evolved as could help utilise this asset effectively for the progress and development of the country.  He said PML-N had made 3Es; energy, economy and education as the most important element of its manifesto. He said PML-N experts had devised a roadmap and work would immediately start on this direction. He said the circular debt was the basic cause of loadshedding which would

 be overcome within six months and the issue of loadshedding will be resolved to a great extent within two years. He said that shortage of power had paralyzed the economy and there is need to take immediate steps to tackle this problem.

Nawaz disclosed that PML-N had also formulated a package of incentives for the promotion of investment so that the factories and mills which have closed down could be revived and the investors leaving the country could be brought back. He said that promotion of small industries is the priority of the PML-N as it can help eliminate unemployment.

He said that Pakistan could earn huge foreign exchange through promotion of agriculture sector. He said that setting up of industries in rural areas could result in generation of job opportunities for the rural youth.

The former prime minister said loans would be offered to the educated youth under self-employment scheme so that they could set up their own business and achieve economic self-sufficiency. He said the PIA and Railways could be transformed into the best institutions of Asia.

He said strengthening of economy was the aim of PML-N. He said Pakistan will be made a model of peace and harmony where the businessmen would be able to invest without any fear. He said Pakistan was rich in natural resources and it would be made a tourist destination. Sharif said terrorism and extremism will be rooted out from the country and it will be made a haven of peace. He said promotion of IT sector was the pivot of the economic agenda of PML-N.

Sharif said it was a matter of satisfaction that due to the pro-active role of the opposition, civil society and media, positive changes were being witnessed in the society. He said the concept of the rule of law was strengthening while media and civil society were also gaining power. He said constitutional issues had been resolved unanimously and the selection of Chief Election Commissioner had been made unanimously first time in the history of the country for the holding of free and fair elections. He said it was time to look forward and bring about meaningful changes in the country.

Nawaz claims he has panacea for all ills