Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that our country is facing two major problems i.e. fragile economy and terrorism adding that on economic front we have taken actions which are proving to be fruitful. Economic Indicators, despite law and order situation, are positive. Corruption free society and transparent system is our road towards progress, PM said while addressing the parliamentarians here Monday.
Deliberating upon the energy situation he said that though the problem has not been fully resolved, the power availability is better this year as compared to last year. This has been due to the payment of circular debt, addition of 1700 megawatt into the system and better management of the distribution network. He said that “we have more projects in pipeline and hopefully by end of our tenure we will add another 8000 megawatt to the national grid”. But we have to look for surplus power generation keeping in view our future needs, PM added.
36,000 mega watts will be added to the system, by completion of K-2, K-3 civil nuclear power project, Diamer- Bhasha dam, Gadani coal based power project, Nandipur Power project, Jamshoro power project, CASA 1000 and wind power projects, in next 10-12 years, PM told.
Discussing the Infrastructure Policy of the Government PM said that Japanese government has agreed to invest Rs. 2 Billion in Karachi Circular Railway, construction of Lahore-Multan-Karachi Motorway is being planned while work on Economic Trade Corridor, connecting Kashgar in China with Khunjerab and Gawadar in Pakistan, has commenced.
Addressing the issue of Law and order and terrorism, PM told that situation in Karachi has improved and 40% decrease in the heinous crimes has been observed and this has been due to the concerted efforts of Government and Law Enforcement Agencies. PM said that we are going through an extraordinary situation, and this situation demands tough decisions.
Prime Minister said we have to save our future generations. “Without eliminating terrorism and extremism we cannot place Pakistan on fast track of development. We will take every step to bring peace and stability in country. Officers and soldiers of the Armed Forces laying down their lives are our heroes and their blood will not go in vain”, said the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister said that we are a peaceful nation and believe in peaceful relations based on respect with all our neighbors including India. We need to begin a new era of peace and stability in the region, which will be beneficial for Pakistan as well as the whole region, PM added.
We have to rebuild the image of Pakistan as a peace loving country, PM said. This can be achieved only through hard work and needs combined efforts of all stakeholders including Parliamentarians, Civil society, Executive, Judiciary and Defence Forces, he added.
Earlier, Federal Minister for Finance Mr. Ishaq Dar and Federal Minister for Interior Ch Nisar Ali Khan briefed the meeting on the economic and security policies of the Government. Mr. Ishaq Dar told that the positive Government Policies have increased the chances of accessing international capital market and all International Financial Institutions are engaged with Pakistan.
Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said that the National Internal Security Policy (NISP) has been devised and will be implemented after approval of the Cabinet.