KARACHI: Federal Minister for Trade Khurram Dastagir said on Thursday that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has a vision to eliminate extremism and energy crisis since long, adding: “We are facing a big challenge of extremism in different shapes.”
While addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club, he said after the Peshawar incident, the government has decided to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from the country and in this regard leaders of all political and religious parties gave full support to the government.
Dastagir said they are working to create sufficient numbers of jobs for educated youths. He said the energy crisis has been decreased and would be ended soon.
He said the aim to bring amendment in law and constitution is to eliminate the extremism, adding the military court would hear only terrorism-related cases, recommended by the government. He in the war against extremism all the provincial units have already supported the federation.
Talking about trade, he said it was their endeavour to increase investment in Pakistan, adding there has already been more financing in garment sector and a clear difference would be shown till by end of 2016 in financial sector.
He said due to the extremism, many investors are afraid to invest in Pakistan but “we will gradually take them in confidence for investment in the country.” He said: “We have to take the country forward with new hopes and thoughts.”
He said presently four power plants are working in Pakistan and the government has financed $700 million for Dasu Dam which is expected to work by the end of 2016.
To a question, he said for four months Imran Khan spread chaos in Islamabad which was not in the interest of country. He said as beginning of new married life, now Imran Khan should start a new political life as well. However, he also congratulated Imran Khan on his wedding.
To another question, he said the matter of trade with India is serious and sensitive and “we were hopeful from the Indian side for initiating a new trend in business but the statements issued from India rather created a negative impact.”
He said it is their first priority to improve commerce with the neighbouring countries and in this regard the government has started trilateral talks with Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
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