A few Punjab ministers praised Nawaz Sharif’s maiden speech as prime minister while a PTI leader flayed him for presenting what he said no solution to the national crises in his speech.

State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad has said that in the first address to the nation the prime minister expressed his pledge to resolve all the national issues.

“He has rightly pointed out that the foundations of the country has been shaken due to mal-administration, corruption in every sphere and inefficiency of the rulers of the last 14-year regimes that have brought the national institutions at the verge of collapse,” said the minister.

He told The Nation that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was determined to address the core issues including energy crisis and terrorism being confronted by the country. He said that the prime minister’s speech reflected his sincerity and commitment to resolve all the national issues.

He said that Nawaz Sharif had determined the government’s priorities in a good manner. He said that the address had proved that Nawaz Sharif strongly believed in practical steps. “Instead of addressing the nation in haste, the prime minister wanted to place his agenda before the people after assessing the situation in the light of ground realities,” he added.

Former State Minister for Environment and PTI leader Malik Amin Aslam said that the prime minister lamented the problems being faced by the country but failed to offer any solution to these issues.

Punjab Minister for Energy Chaudhry Sher Ali when contacted said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had taken the nation into confidence on government’s strategy for terrorism and energy crisis in his speech. He said that the prime minister had informed the people about the preferences of his government. The government was taking emergency steps to resolve the issue of energy in the shortest possible period, he added, saying that transmission system of electricity would also be improved.

He said that no concrete steps were taken by former regimes to fight the challenges of economy, energy and terrorism. He said the speech was a very honest assessment of the country’s present situation. Every area of concern was addressed and insight of his plans was given to the nation, he said.

Punjab Minister for Environment Shuja Khanzada said, “The prime minister in his maiden speech clarified in a better way the priorities of the government. Economic stability is the top priority of the government and soon Pakistani rupee would also be stable. Foreign investors are showing confidence and taking interest to invest in Pakistan as the government is ensuring good governance and transparency.”

He was of the view that leadership of his party had ability to steer the country out from crises. He said that the address of prime minister has shown his resolve and commitment to solve the problems of the country.