Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ch Muhammad Barjees Tahir has stressed that evey one respect the Constitution as without Constitution there would have been law of jungle in country.

“Nations cannot prosper without establishing rule of law and Constitution is key to it. Our constitution is a symbol of unity because all political parties have consensus on it. Those who believe in this to be an un-islamic document are misled,” he said this while addressing a seminar at PIPS on the occasion of Constitution Day.

The minister said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif believed in peace and coexistence and it was also evident from his past record. He said that the PML-N government was vigorously working on welfare schemes for the masses and generating additional resources through strict financial discipline and austerity to facilitate low-income segments of the society.

He said that reforms had also been introduced for capacity-building of government departments and administrative structure’s improvement. Berjees said the PML-N was fully implementing its manifesto of public service by initiating welfare programmes of billions of rupees while transparency, merit and standard were hallmarks of the present government.

He said that the PML-N government would come up to the expectations of the masses and sincere efforts would be made for steering the country out of quagmire of problems and putting it on the road to progress and prosperity.

He said that the country’s economy had gained momentum and picked up strength in the last eight months. “The currency has gradually strengthened and even the international monetary organisations are also acknowledging Pakistan’s economy value, which is now on fast track,” the minister asserted.

The minister said that electricity shortage had become a serious issue due to negligence and inefficiency of the former rulers. Overcoming energy problem was vital to development of industrial and trade sectors; promotion of investment; elimination of unemployment and resolving of economic problems of the people, he maintained.

He claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was making hectic efforts to rid the nation of loadshedding, adding that a large number of local and foreign investors had not only expressed complete confidence in the economic policies of the government but also showed interest in investment in energy, infrastructure, transport and other sectors.

The minister said in view of the serious attitude of the government towards dealing with electricity problem, energy companies of China, Turkey, Germany, Canada and other countries were making agreements with the government for investment in power sector.

Berjees said that the efforts of the government for resolving energy problem would meet success to remove darkness from the country while industrial process would accelerate and new job opportunities would be created soon.

He said that the promotion of good governance; elimination of corruption, maintenance of transparency, upholding of merit, improvement in living standard of the masses and bringing deprived segments of the society into mainstream of development had always been the mission of the PML-N government.