Bahawalpur - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday warned National Accountability Bureau against ‘harassing’ government employees.

“The NAB must perform its duty responsibly. They barge into houses and offices of innocent people to harass them without looking into authenticity of cases,” the PM observed.

Addressing his party workers here, the PM said, “The NAB officials humiliate people in baseless cases, harass and terrify government officers. I have brought this issue into the NAB chairman’s notice. He must take action otherwise the government will initiate legal action.” He said the National Accountability Bureau needs to take action only after a thorough initial investigation and no one should be harassed without verification and solid proofs.

Nawaz pledged to strengthen and empower local governments to resolve public issues. “People have great expectations from the local representations and they will be fully empowered to serve the masses,” he said.

Nawaz pointed out the country was facing multi-dimensional challenges, including terrorism and energy crisis. “My government is trying its best to provide basic facilities to the masses,” he vowed.

“Loadshedding duration has decreased across the country as the government has initiated several projects to overcome the energy crisis,” the prime minister said.

The premier said he did not believe in politics based on lies, “but politicians these days tell nothing but lies”. It is against democratic norms that people elect a leader and another party topples his government, he added.

He criticised Pakistan People’s Party, saying the nation knows what it did for the betterment of the people in its tenure.

Around 10 years back, Pakistan was witnessing the worst kind of power outages, he added.

Nawaz, referring to his exile, said a person whose homeland is everything to him could never think of spending seven years abroad. He added the trend of ousting elected governments should end.

“The mandate to rule is given by the people, not somebody else who ousts an elected government,” Sharif said. He said the party which had put forth a seven-point agenda could not build a motorway.

He said work on three projects to produce electricity through gas is in progress which will generate 3,600 megawatts after completion by next year.

He said China is all-weather friend and it is investing 46 billion dollars, which is the biggest in the history of the country.

Nawaz further stated the government has entered into an agreement with Qatar for the purchase of gas costing billions of rupees, which will be provided at concessional rates.

APP adds: Nawaz said continuity of policies was vital for progress and claimed the country had seen unprecedented development during all his tenures.

He regretted the previous governments failed to serve the masses. He said it was nothing less than criminal negligence of the previous governments which failed to address the issue of loadshedding.

He claimed his government always strived to serve the people and recalled his previous two tenures in which a number of mega projects were initiated.

He regretted he was forced to stop from serving the people of his country for 14 long years and asked the people to see the difference and learn from the history.

Referring to the success of his party in the local body polls, the prime minister said he was pleased to note that the PML-N government had maintained its strong base and support of the masses in the middle of its term. He said it was nothing less than a blessing of Almighty Allah and said his government was committed to serving the masses selflessly.

He said Transparency International had also acknowledged that all the projects were being undertaken in the most transparent manner.

He said the Chinese companies were carrying out power projects in Pakistan at special concessionary rates just because of their deep friendship with Pakistan. He said it was his government that initiated the landmark deal with China for the production of JF-17 fighter aircraft.

The prime minister paid rich tributes to late Mumtaz Jajja. He said the PML-N government had announced a big package for farmers. The PM said he had special affection for the people of Bhawalpur and announced Rs 600 million for a lake that would supply fresh water to the city.