Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed his firm resolve to overcome the prevailing challenges of terrorism, extremism and energy crises during constitutional term of PML-N government with the support of people. Addressing PML-N parliamentarians, party workers and people from various walks of life after offering Eid ul Azha prayers here at Jati Umra, Raiwind on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said that PML-N took the charge of the government in a very difficult time when the country was facing a number of critical challenges. “By the grace of Allah Almighty, we are determined to make a bright future of Pakistan through hard work to come to the expectations and aspirations of the people” he said.

He said that government took all the political parties on board for preparing common agenda to eradicate the menace of terrorism from country. The Prime Minister said the government adopted the dialogue process to restore peace in country and hoped that the efforts of talks would be successful.   

Talking about Karachi operation, Nawaz Sharif said that government was going to introduce new laws to counter the crimes and terrorism which would ensure punishment to every criminal who killed the innocent people. He said the criminals would be treated according to their crimes and misdeeds irrespective of their party affiliation.

“We are going to take bold decisions for the sake of restoring peace and maintaining law and order in Karachi and everywhere in the country”,he added.

He was of the opinion that eradication of terrorism and other crimes were key to restore peace in Karachi and other parts of the country in order to improve the investment and end the economic dependency on others.

The prime minister appreciated the performance of law enforcement agencies in Karachi which decreased the crimes to some extent like kidnapping for ransom, target killing and extortion.

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said the energy crises had become a major challenge which badly affected the economy of the country adding that the government is fully committed to overcome it during its five years constitutional term.

Referring to the recent increase of electricity prices, the PM said that he approved this with heavy heart as there was no other way out.  He said prices of electricity would be reduced after starting production from new power projects. He added that government had launched operation against power theft to overcome the shortage of electricity.    

He said that government inherited a number of challenges from the previous regimes as the previous rulers did not bother to address these, however, he added, the PML-N had sincere intention to bring the country out of crises like menace of terrorism, lawlessness, energy crises and poor economy.

He deplored that no ruler during last thirteen years had evolved a national strategy to overcome the terrorism, energy crises, lawlessness, poverty and unemployment which push the country into a critical state.

“We have a national agenda to eliminate terrorism from every area and restore peace to bring stability and prosperity in the country” the PM maintained.

He urged the nation to come forward to strengthen the government’s hands in its efforts to bring peace,stability and prosperity in country. 

Former president Justice (retrd) Rafiq Tarar, ex DG ISI Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Javed Nasir, PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz Sharif and ex IGP Rana Maqbool Ahmad were also present on the occasion.