ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that maintenance of law and order is the top priority of the government and government will ensure that it is maintained at all costs.

Talking to Parliamentarians belonging to various parties who called on him Premier Sharif said that a concerted effort and united stand would enable them to achieve the desired results.

Those who called on him included Dr Abdul Malik Baloch Chief Minister Balochistan, Senators Mushahid Hussain Syed, Daud Khan, Haji Adeel, Abdul Rauf Lala, Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Maulana Abdul Wasey, and other members of Balochistan Assembly and provincial leaders.

Dr Abdul Malik Baloch Chief Minister Balochistan assured the Prime Minister of his support on government’ s policy on terrorism said that they would follow the government’s policy on this issue. “We are together against the terrorists and want to give a strong message to them through our unity.  Peace and security are of paramount for us,” Malik said.

CM Balochistan asked for assistance of the PM in recovery of Arbab Abdul Zahir Kansi, leader of ANP from Baluchistan. “We want that the menace of kidnapping for ransom be eliminated from our province and need support of federal government in this respect,” Dr. Abdul Malik added.

PM expressed his deep concern over the kidnapping for ransom phenomenon and assured the delegation that he will take personal interest in recovery of Arbab Abdul Zahir Kansi. “I am also concerned about the sons of former premier Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani and late governor Salman Taseer,” PM added.  PM said that he would direct all the heads of intelligence agencies to make concerted efforts to recover them soon.

The delegation appreciated the stance of PM against terrorism and expressed their confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister.

Shujaat Azeem appointed PM’s Special Assistant On Aviation: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday appointed Shujaat Azeem as his Special Assistant on Aviation with immediate effect.

Regarded as a noted aviation expert, Azeem has the relevant experience in the aviation sector based on decades. He was earlier appointed as PM Advisor on Aviation in June last year but stepped down after serving at the said position only for six weeks following a related case in the Supreme Court regarding his dual nationality.

A pre-condition to his accepting the post of aviation adviser was that Azeem would draw no salary or other benefits for the services he rendered.

During his short stint as PM’s Advisor on Aviation Shujaat Azeem took a number of steps to resurrect Pakistan’s nearly collapsed commercial aviation sector, including the preparation of National Aviation Policy (NAP) that was to be out in 120 days but the plan was held in cold storage soon after Azeem stepped down. The NAP envisaged a complete revamp of Pakistan’s commercial aviation sector and proposed the 35 per cent sale of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) shares to the private sector. Other steps Azeem took   included streamlining the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA’s) flight billing system that reportedly raised revenues in billions, closure of PIA offline stations abroad (where flights operations were not conducted) and installation of sophisticated security systems and related equipments at the airports. Shujaat Azeem had reportedly taken to task rampantly corrupt practices in the PIA and CAA, which, according to him, inflicted financial losses to the national kitty to the tune of billions of rupees.