Nawaz delivered ‘unmatched services’ for country: Abbasi

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Tuesday that his predecessor and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif delivered ‘unmatched services’ for the country.

Addressing a meeting of the federal cabinet, Abbasi — quoted by a minister — said that Sharif put the country on the road to success and prosperity.

“The PM and the whole cabinet appreciated the services of Nawaz Sharif for ending the energy crises and load-shedding,” the minister, who attended the meeting, told The Nation.

An official statement issued after the meeting said, the cabinet “lauded the efforts of former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the Ministry of Power and the Cabinet Committee on Energy to have achieved the milestone of enhanced power generation which stands greater than the demand of electricity.”

The prime minister, the statement said, maintained that the government was cognizant of the problems faced by consumers in view of the power shortage and therefore was focusing on providing relief to the domestic and industrial consumers.

“The prime minister informed the cabinet that several power projects are still in the implementation stage that would further enhance the generation capacity,” it said.

The minister said the cabinet members vowed to support Sharif in this ‘difficult time’ as he struggled to prove his innocence.

Sharif was disqualified on July 28 by the Supreme Court for hiding assets. The ousted PM is now facing corruption charges filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau.

Reports said Sharif had indirectly sought Pakistan People’s Party leader Asif Ali Zardari’s help to come out of the crisis but he did not receive a positive response. The PPP co-chairman later publically refused to help the embattled PML-N leader.  Sharif is now in London to see his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz. The former premier was accompanied by his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammed Safdar. Kulsoom Nawaz is suffering from cancer and is undergoing a treatment in London.

The official statement, meanwhile, said that the federal cabinet approved the signing of Agreement on Economic Cooperation for the Establishment of Joint Commission between Pakistan and the Czech Republic.

The meeting also approved a proposal for the Regulations of Arms Licences for Prohibited (Automatic) Weapons and Lifting of Ban on Non-Prohibited Bore Arms Licence.

According to the proposal, all automatic weapons shall be required to be converted to semi-automatic by authorised dealers within a specified time and get new licences in lieu of the previously issued licences.

Alternately, the weapon-holder will also have the option of returning their automatic weapon to the government at the prescribed rate, said the statement.

The cabinet accorded approval to fill vacant positions in the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s Council of Complaints in Sindh, Islamabad, Lahore and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Approvals were also accorded for the establishment of One Bench of Customs Appellate Tribunal at Quetta, said the statement. “The cabinet offered prayers for the martyrs of North Waziristan explosion,” added the statement.


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