NEW YORK - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday vowed to pull Pakistan out of difficulties and make it an economically strong country.

The prime minister who is in New York for the UN General Assembly session said his government’s policies have already resulted in macroeconomic improvement with rupee regaining its value. He added the government’s economic performance has been acknowledged by the international financial institutions that have upgraded the country’s economic outlook.

Addressing a gathering of Pakistani Americans, the prime minister said, “Pakistan Army needs to be congratulated for its success in the Zarb-e-Azb operation in North Waziristan as part of the country’s broader counterterrorism campaign. The government is committed to rehabilitating the internally displaced persons from the militancy-hit areas.”

Commenting on the current political situation, the prime minister said his government came into being as a result of free and fair elections which have also been accepted by the international community.

The prime minister said his party has been working for consolidating democracy and did not organise long marches or demonstrations to destabilise the previous government. “The only long march the PML-N launched was for the restoration of independent judiciary,” he said.

Nawaz Sharif said all political forces in the country are in concert for the sake of supremacy of the Constitution, adding Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz partook in the previous general elections as opposition.

Rejecting allegations of rigging, the prime minister said the Pakistan People’s Party appointed caretaker premier and chief ministers, so all the rigging charges are baseless.

The prime minister said he faced jail and exile for the sake of democracy in Pakistan and there would be no compromise on the continuity of democratic process. He said those who are resorting to sit-ins in Islamabad to achieve their ends have been rejected by the nation.

Nawaz Sharif thanked political leadership for their unwavering support to the government for the sake of rule of law and supremacy of the parliament. Despite the ongoing sit-ins in the heart of the federal capital, the government is functional up to the hilt, the prime minister asserted, adding attacks on the Parliament House and the Pakistan Television were quite unprecedented.

“The sit-in people made a plot, but they were frustrated in their efforts,” the PM remarked, adding that now these protesters want to trace their steps back home.

The PM informed the Pakistani community that the World Bank president assured him of cooperation in Dasu project and a meeting for Diamer-Bhasha Dam is scheduled next month in Washington.

“At least 14,000MW electricity will be generated from Diamer-Bhasha, Dasu and other dams,” he asserted. He said the government is focusing on national development to take the country forward in diverse fields.

NAWAZ meets ban

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Kashmir was one of the long-standing conflicts on the agenda of the Security Council and asked the UN Secretary General to take steps for its peaceful settlement in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

This he said during his meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of 69th UN General Assembly session in New York.

The Prime Minister told that his govt had sincerely embarked on negotiations process with India for peaceful resolution of all disputes.

He expressed dismay over the cancellation of the Foreign Secretary-level talks by India which was set back to the dialogue process.

He hoped that the Indian leadership would resume the dialogue process without any delay in the interest of peace and prosperity in the region.

Nawaz Sharif apprised the Secretary General of his government's current efforts to flush out terrorists and dismantle their networks.  The ongoing military action against terrorists has disrupted their command and control system, he said. He said that the government had zero tolerance for terrorism and was determined to root out terrorist forces once and for all.

BROWN OFFERS TO RAISE

FUNDS FOR EDUCATION

UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of UK Gordon Brown called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New York on Thursday to discuss issues pertaining to mutual cooperation for the promotion of education in Pakistan.

Gordon Brown admired Prime Minister for according priority to education in Pakistan. 

Recalling his earlier visit to Islamabad and meeting with the Prime Minister, Brown told that his office was ready to raise funds for a new project to increase literacy and improve education in Pakistan.

Global partners including US, EU, UAE, Qatar and Global Partnership for Education had committed millions of dollars for this purpose, he stated.

The center piece of this strategy would be to incentivize literacy at the district and community levels, he said.

Poor families sending their children to school would receive help under a cash transfer scheme, he added.

The Envoy indicated that donors were willing to increase funding depending on the results of the scheme.

IMF could also be approached to relax terms for financing of education sector in Pakistan, he said.