MADINA MUNAWWARA - Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday said that the government was committed to bring economic stability, end loadshedding and terrorism from the country, so that peace and prosperity returns to Pakistan.

Addressing a gathering of Pakistanis here, the Prime Minister reiterated govt’s resolve to eliminate extremism and terrorism from the country.

He said that the supporters of terrorism would not be spared and law of the land would prevail.

He said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb was going on successfully and would continue till the elimination of the last terrorist.

In this regard he also mentioned the national consensus and the commitment of the political parties to amend the Army Act.

The Prime Minister said that his government was improving governance and ensuring transparency in all affairs and pointed it was also endorsed by the Transparency International.

He said when his government came into power the foreign exchange reserves were less than US 8 billion dollars, whereas in 20 months they have risen to US 16 billion, while the State Bank reserves have gone up to US 11 billion dollars.

He said that his government was working on short and long term projects to end loadshedding and an additional 10,000 MW of electricity would be added to the national grid by end of 2017.  He said loadshedding would end in three years.

He said long-term measures included work on Bunji, Bhasha and Diamir dams that would generate around 16,000 MW and help meet future needs of the country.

The Prime Minister also informed the Pakistani community about the Karachi-Lahore Motorway project and said land was being acquired for the project that would usher in an era of prosperity in the country.

He said that the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway was also being reconstructed and would have new and better fencing, service areas, trees and other modern facilities.

He dismissed the allegations of rigging in the general elections and said it was not proper to state such things.

He said infact after recounting the number of votes increased. His party won the seats with huge margins, he added.  He said even the courts, the Election Commission were surprised to hear such allegations.

He said PML-N was neither the part of Federal nor provincial caretaker setups, so how can it be accused of any such malpractice.

The Prime Minister also appreciated the role of overseas Pakistanis for bringing good name to country with their hard work and also in national economy.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has good ties with Afghanistan and mentioned the cordial ties with President Ashraf Ghani.

He said that Pakistan also desires good relations with India.

He regretted the incidents of firing along the Line of Control and said it must end.  Pakistan he said desires resolution of all issues with India.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sharif returned to Islamabad on Saturday evening.


NNI from Kabul adds: Pakistani Ambassador to Kabul Abrar Hussain has delivered a formal letter from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah to visit Pakistan.

Dr Abdullah thanked the Prime Minister’s invitation and said that the Afghan govt will take a decision about the visit’s timings and will convey the dates through diplomatic channels, Abdullah’s office has said.

The Pakistani Ambassador said that the visit of Dr Abdullah will further “strengthen bilateral cooperation,” a statement from the CE office said.

Abrar Hussain said that Pakistan is investigating the arrest of Afghan diplomats by police in Peshawar and the perpetrators would be dealt with legally, Abdullah’s office said in a statement.

Abdullah thanked Pakistan for providing relief supplies to victims of avalanches in Afghanistan. About a week back, Pakistan sent two helicopters into Afghanistan carrying relief goods for survivors of avalanches in central Panjsher province.

Abdullah said that the incident of arresting Afghan diplomats by police in Pakistan should be thoroughly investigated.

About the invitation to visit Pakistan, the CEO said that the Afghan government would decide about the date and duration of the visit, the details of which would be shared through diplomatic channels.

Abdullah and the Pakistan Ambassador discussed problems Afghan refugees faced across the Durand Line, their solution and efforts in this regard, the statement said.