Saad unveils government’s plan for Independence Day celebrations

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Railways Saad Rafique on Thursday announced government’s plan for celebrating 68th Independence Day of Pakistan in a befitting manner.

Addressing a press conference here, the minister said that the government had decided to celebrate Independence Day across the country by holding a range of ceremonies. These celebrations will commence on August 01 with prayer leaders in mosques highlighting the struggle of our forefathers for an independent country and sacrifices rendered by martyrs for that purpose.

He said the celebrations would continue during the entire month of August and all Pakistanis should raise national flag on their homes and vehicles. “With the celebrations we will send a message of unity and solidarity to the internal and external enemies of Pakistan”, he said.

He said since independence the Pakistani nation faced several problems but despite all odds its people remained steadfast. He said all political leadership would be invited to the Independence Day celebrations.

“We want to make Pakistan a great nation. It is the responsibility of every Pakistani to work for making Pakistan a great stable and prosperous nation”, he added.

The minister said Pakistani nation was strong and its defence was impregnable. “Our professionals, engineers, scientists, doctors are rendering services in different parts of the world. We are a nuclear power. We have great soldiers who have rendered unprecedented sacrifices for the nation. Pakistan has a free and vibrant media which continues to bring facts to the nation”, he added.

He said people of Pakistan love democracy and the history of the country showed that they did not accept dictatorships, adding that four times the people of Pakistan uprooted dictators and elected democratic governments through votes.

He said Pakistan was facing the menace of terrorism for a long time and eradication of this evil was necessary to make Pakistan a strong and prosperous country.

He said on the night of 13 and 14 August parade and fly past would be held. The day will dawn with special prayers for the progress and prosperity of the country, he said, adding on the morning of August 14 traditional ceremony of Independence Day would be held.

The government will seek help of civil society, NGOs, bars, professional organizations and religious leaders for maximum participation in the Independence Day celebrations, he added.

He said that special programmes would be also held for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to express solidarity with them. He said the federal government had informed chief ministers, chief secretaries, Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan and Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) to issue special instructions to impressively celebrate Independence Day events and express solidarity with armed forces of Pakistan and especially IDPs.

He said that Pakistan Railways would run a special Independence Train for the whole month of August. The Azadi train will begin its journey from Peshawar on August 11 and after covering a distance of 4000 kilometers will reach Karachi on September 11, he said.

He said sports competitions including wrestling, cricket and kabbadi would be held at the district and tehsil level in connection with Independence Day celebrations. (APP)

Current ADP best in history of province, says Shahbaz

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the government has evolved the biggest annual development programme (ADP) in the history of the province for the current fiscal year and record funds of Rs 345 billion have been allocated for development projects.

He said that huge resources of Rs 119 billion had been earmarked for the development of various districts of South Punjab. He said that hard work and professionalism was needed for the achievement of the targets of the ADP.

He was presiding over a meeting regarding the ADP for the year 2014-15 on Thursday.

Member National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Mujtba Shuja ur Rehman, Member Provincial Assembly Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, the chief secretary, the planning and development chairman, finance secretary and other officers concerned were also present.

transport: Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting of Punjab Metro Bus Authority on Thursday which approved its budget for the year 2014-15.

The meeting also gave approval to purchase of 68 buses for Rawalpindi/Islamabad metro bus project besides necessary measures with regard to the orange line metro train project.

He said the foundation stone of metro bus project in Multan would be laid on August 14. He said that the measures taken by the government for the improvement of transport system had yielded positive results.

IDPs: Affluent people, industrialists, traders and assembly members met Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday and presented him cheques for four crore and 35 lakh rupees for the Chief Minister Relief Fund for IDPs. On behalf of industrialists, traders and well-to-do people of Multan, Multan District Coordination Officer Zahid Saleem Gondal presented cheques for more than three crore rupees to the chief minister.

Tariq Mahmood, chief executive officer of a bank, presented a cheque for one crore rupees, Member Provincial Assembly Ch Ashfaq Ahmed for Rs 1 million, PML-N Sargodha President Shahnawaz Ranjha for Rs 500,000 and Ayub Izhar of a developers group gave a cheque for Rs 2 million to Chief Minister Relief Fund.

Yellow Cab: Shahbaz Sharif has said the government is implementing various programmes for the empowerment and provision of employment opportunities to the youth. He said the Yellow Cab Scheme was being started from October this year under which 50,000 vehicles would be given to the unemployed youth on soft terms.

He said this while presiding over a high level meeting on Thursday which reviewed various proposals for launching of Yellow Cab Scheme under the Self-Employment Programme. (Courtesy: The News)

Nawaz, Shah Abdullah discuss Syria, Palestine issue

RIYADH: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arab, Geo News reported.

Both the leaders discussed bilateral and issues of mutual interest. They also exchanged views on the prevailing situation in Syria and Palestine.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was also present during the meeting between Nawaz and Shah Abdullah. (Courtesy: The News)

Mushahidullah Khan rebuts PTI allegations.

پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کے مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات سینیٹر مشاہدا للہ خان نے کہا ہے کہ تحریک انصاف کی جانب سے مسلم لیگ (ن) پر افتخار چوہدری کو میدان میں اتارنے کا بیان سدید قابلِ مذمت اور اُنکی ذہنی دیوالیہ پن کو ظاہر کرتا ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ عمران خان کی یہ عادت بن چکی ہے کہ وہ پہلے دوسروں کی ذات پر کیچڑ اچھالتے ہیں اور جب ان الزامات کا جواب دیا جائے تو وہ اسے اپنے خلاف (ن) لیگ کی سازش قرار دیتے ہیں۔
انھوں نے کہا کہ پی ٹی آئی کے پاس کوئی ایجنڈہے نہ کوئی حکمتِ عملی کہ اُنھیں جانا کس سمت ہے ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ پاکستان تحریک انصاف کے اندر موجود ناپختہ ذہنوں نے اسے پاکستان تحریک انصاف کی بجائے پاکستان تحریک الزام بنا ڈالا ہے ۔ انھوں نے پی ٹی آئی کے رہنماو ¿ں سے درخواست کی ہے کہ خدارا سیاسی مخالفتوں کو ذاتی دشمنوں میں بدلنے کی روش کو ترک کر دیں۔ مشاہد اللہ خان نے کہاکہ تحریک انصاف کا سونامی ایک صوبے میں تبدیلی تو نہ لا سکا البتہ تحریک انصاف کے رہنماو ¿ں کے رویے کی وجہ سے ملک میں انتشار ، فساد اور الزامات کا سونامی یقینا ملکی منظر نامے پر چھائے رہتا ہے۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ لانگ مارچ ہو یا شارٹ مارچ عمران خان انتخابی جنگ سے لے کر اعصابی جنگ تک ہر محاذ پر ناکام ہوتے جارہے ہیں ۔ مشاہد اللہ خان نے کہا کہ اگر تو واقعی میں عمران خان کا مقصد انتخابی نظام میں اصلاحات کرنا ہے تو پارلیمنٹ کی سطح پر قائم کردہ انتخابی اصلاحات کمیٹی میں اپنے موثر کردار کو یقینی بنائیں ۔ جبکہ خود تحریک انصاف اس کمیٹی کا حصہ بن چکی ہے اب اس مقصد کے لئے لانگ مارچ کی گنجائش نہیں رہی۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ اس سب کچھ کے باوجو دبھی اگر عمران خان لانگ مارچ کرنے پر مُصر ہیں اور بقول ان کے کہ وہ اتنی آسانی سے واپس نہیں لوٹیں گے تو اس کا مطلب اس کے علاوہ کچھ نہیں لیا جاسکتا کہ صرف اور صرف دنگہ فساد کرکے ذاتی توجہ چاہتے ہیں ۔

Mushahidullah Khan condolence on the death of Nawab Khair Bux Murree

پاکستان مسلم لیگ(ن) کے مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات سینیٹرمشاہداللہ خان کا بلوچ رہنما خیر بخش مری کی وفات پر گہرے دکھ اور افسوس کا اظہار
مرحوم ایک درویش صفت اور جرا ¿ت مند انسان تھے جنہوں نے اپنی پوری زندگی اصولوں پر سمجھوتہ نہیں کیا،مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات پاکستان مسلم لیگ( ن)سینیٹرمشاہداللہ خان

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پاکستان مسلم لیگ(ن) کے مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات سینیٹرمشاہداللہ خان نے بلوچ رہنما خیر بخش مری کی وفات پر گہرے دکھ اور افسوس کا اظہار کیا ہے ۔ مرحوم کے صاحبزادے نواب زادہ چنگیز خان مری کے نام اپنے ایک پیغام میںسینیٹرمشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ مرحوم ایک درویش صفت اور جرا ¿ت مند انسان تھے جنہوں نے اپنی پوری زندگی اصولوں پر سمجھوتہ نہیں کیا انھوں نے کہا کہ نواب زادہ خیبر بخش مری کی وفات سے قوم ایک بڑے مدبر اور جری رہنما سے محروم ہوگئی ہے ۔ مشاہد اللہ خان نے مرحوم کے درجات کی بلندی اور لواحقین کو یہ صدمہ برداشت کرنے کے لئے دعا کی ہے ۔

Coal projects to be set up in six cities: CM

CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said it is mandatory for resolving energy crisis to make the industrial sector fully operational and overcoming poverty, unemployment and other problems.

He said it was the mission of the PML-N government to overcome the menace of outages, energy projects were being furthered without wasting any time and steps were being taken for coping with the problem of shortage of electricity.

He said massive programme of power generation from coal was being implemented in the province while small coal-based energy projects would be set up in the six cities of Punjab. He said the government had decided to establish small coal power plants of 55×2 megawatts in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Multan and Sheikhupura which would be helpful in meeting energy requirement of industries.

He was presiding over a high-level meeting. The chief minister said small coal power plants were being set up in Sundar Industrial Estate, Lahore, and M III Industrial Estate, Faisalabad while similar plants would also be established in Kot Lakhpat and Batapur in Lahore, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Multan and Sheikhupura to meet energy needs of industries. Shahbaz Sharif constituted a committee headed by Chief Secretary Punjab to identify such sites within three days where railway line, water transmission line and other basic facilities were available for setting up of small coal power plants. He directed that a committee comprising representatives of the institutions concerned should also be formed to hold meeting on weekly basis to review the pace of implementation of small coal power plants. Additional Chief Secretary Energy Jehanzeb Khan gave a detailed briefing regarding small coal power plants. Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretaries of Transport and Irrigation Departments, Commissioners of Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Multan, Chairman Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, MTDC Managing Director and the officials concerned were also present in the meeting.

Chinese delegation: A delegation led by Investment Banking Group of ICBC of China General Manager Liu Jin called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, here Friday. Prospects of investment in different sectors in Punjab were discussed in the meeting.

Talking to Chinese delegation, the chief minister said there was vast scope of investment in energy and other sectors in Punjab. He said encouraging atmosphere had been created for investment in the province and facilities were being provided to foreign investors. He said a number of Chinese companies had made investment in various sectors in the province. He said investment by Investment Banking Group in Punjab would be welcomed. He said that Punjab Investment Board was working for the solution of problems and provision of facilities to the investors in the province.

General Manager Investment Banking Group of ICBC of China, Liu Jin said he would motivate Chinese investors for investment in energy sector in Punjab while investment would also be made in industrial parks.

army’s sacrifices: Shahbaz Sharif has said the nation salutes jawans of the armed forces who are rendering supreme sacrifices for peace and securing the future of the country. He said the officers and jawans who were embracing martyrdom in the war against terrorism were the heroes of the nation and the masses were proud of their sacrifices. He said the present situation demanded emergent measures. He said the steps would be taken for the protection of life and property of the masses while maximum resources would be provided for improving law and order in the province.

The chief minister issued instructions for making foolproof security arrangements on the day of martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (RA) and directed that law enforcement agencies should remain fully alert and maintain close mutual coordination for the safety of the citizens and maintenance of a peaceful atmosphere.

He was presiding over a meeting to review law and order, here Monday. The meeting paid tributes to security official Sabir Hussain who was martyred in operation against terrorists in Pind Arayan for his courage and bravery and also offered Fateha for the departed soul. The meeting also prayed for the early recovery of the injured officials. The chief minister said nothing could be more important than maintenance of peace and necessary resources would continue to be provided for this purpose in future as well. He said Pakistan was passing through a critical phase of its history and collective efforts were needed to control lawlessness and ensure a safe and prosperous future for the coming generation. He said the current situation demanded that no effort be spared by the law enforcement agencies in performing their duties in an efficient manner. He ordered close monitoring of the processions on the martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA) and said security plan evolved for this purpose should be strictly implemented. He said that police should perform its duties efficiently and dedicatedly to foil nefarious designs of anti-social elements while police officers should personally remain present in the field. The CM issued instructions for improving security arrangements in the province and directed that strict checking of entry and exit points of Punjab be undertaken while digital technology should be used for this purpose. He expressed his extreme displeasure over delay in the purchase of necessary equipment for the monitoring of entry and exit points of the province and directed that digital equipment for monitoring be purchased immediately and its installation be completed at the earliest. A report regarding the operation against terrorists in Pind Arayan was also presented to Shahbaz Sharif. He appreciated the courage and bravery of officers and jawans of police and law enforcement agencies which resulted in the success of the operation against terrorists and said that security forces had displayed extreme professionalism for thwarting the nefarious designs of terrorists. He said Shaheed official Sabir Hussain was a national hero who sacrificed his life for the country. Secretary Home gave briefing regarding law and order. Provincial Ministers Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Col (R) Shuja Khanzada, MNA Hamza Shahbaz, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmad, Chief Secretary, Acting Inspector General Police, Secretary Home and the officers concerned attended the meeting. (Courtesy: The News)

Azadi Chowk Flyover — a remarkable project

Scores of infrastructure development projects have been completed in every nook and corner of Punjab during the past six years. Journey to the goal of progress and prosperity continues under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif as a number of such schemes are kicked off every day for improving the living standards and prosperity of the people of the province.

The two most significant features of these unprecedented development projects are transparency in the utilization of funds and fast track execution of work at sites. While PPRA Rules and other procedural formalities are strictly followed by the executing agencies without relaxing and procedure, Transparency International and other such organizations also keep a vigilant eye on disbursement of funds for these projects. It is credit for the leadership that no irregularity has been pointed out in this regard by any one. Transparency International has rather certified judicious utilization of funds for these projects on a number of occasions.

Speedy completion of these development projects in minimum possible time has testified the commitment and resolve of the government for providing relief to the people. Construction of Lahore Metro Bus Project in just 11 months, building of Walton Flyover in just 70 days and now accomplishment of Azadi Chowk Signal Free Junction in record 165 days has proved that human effort can create wonders. Miracles are not required to change the destiny of the people, it is the human effort which can change fate of the people.

For timely completion of these projects 24/7 work culture has been introduced, work continues in extreme weather and even on Eid holidays the work does not stop.

This dedication to work is the main reason behind this success storey for early completion of these projects. The latest example is the completion of Azadi Chowk Signal Free Junction.

On the directions of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Lahore Development Authority completed construction of clubbed projects of Azadi Chowk Signal Free Junction and new Circular Road Projects in a record time of 165 days at a total cost of Rs. 5.35 billion.

Ahad Khan Cheema Cheema, already well known for his efficient execution of huge public service projects and acclaimed for his public service endavours, accepted this challenge as well and led his team to work day and night for timely completion of this project.

Work on the Azadi Chowk Signal Free Junction was started by Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning Agency (TEPA) LDA on January 15 this year which has been completed at a cost of Rs. 4.5 billion on 29 June.

A flyover and an elevated roundabout have been constructed under this project at Ravi Road. The roundabout has three up-ramps and three down-ramps; two up-ramps and two down-ramps on Ravi Road, starting from Texali Chowk and ending at Timber Market and vice versa. One up-ramp and a down-ramp have also been constructed on Ahmad Ali Road. The overall length of the interchange is 2.53 kilometer.

Traffic leading to Circular Road from Data Darbar, Shahdara and Timber Market will use this flyover for going to Maulana Ahmed Ali Road, Lorry Adda and other points at Circular Road. On average, over two hundred thousand vehicles will daily pass through this junction, saving fuel of Rs 9 million per annum.

New Circlular Road was also part of this project, which has been completed at a cost of Rs 1.35 billion. Total length of this road is 1.6 kilometer. This dual carriage way is 14.7 meters wide on each side. Each side comprises of four lanes and every lane is 3.3 meter wide. A roundabout and two U-turns were also made on this road. This new road was started from Maulana Ahmed Ali Road and then connects Minar-e-Pakistan, Lorry Adda, Badami Bagh, Masti Gate and Circular Road.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the signal-free Azadi Chowk flyover and alternative route of new Circular Road on Sunday July 13, 2014. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Shahbaz Sharif said Azadi Chowk Project was completed in a short period of less than six months.

He said not only best travelling facilities will be available from it but precious time will be saved. Metro bus will also pass through it without wasting any time. He expressed the confidence that this project will play an important role in the economic development of the people as well as enhancing beauty of Lahore.

Great national monuments including Badshahi Mosque, Lahore Fort and Minar-e-Pakistan will also be saved from environmental pollution.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated alternative route of Circular Road.

He also took round of Circular Road and flyover and appreciated the standard of the project.

(The writer, Ather Ali Khan, is director-general public relation, Punjab) (Courtesy: The News)

Anusha Rehman, Najam Sethi meet PM

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Technology Anusha Rehman called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM House on Friday.

The meeting focused on the matters related to the ministry. The minister apprised the PM about her ministry’s efforts for promotion of information technology in country.Later, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi called on the PM at PM House. Matters pertaining to PCB were discussed in the meeting.

Meanwhile, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum, presented a cheque of Rs200 million to the prime minister for PM’s Fund for IDPs.Jam Kamal Khan, Minister of State for Petroleum, Abid Saeed, Secretary Petroleum and Zahid Muzaffar, Adviser to Ministry of Petroleum were also present on the occasion. (Courtesy: The News)

PML-N paying price for trying Musharraf: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD: Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said the prevailing political tensions in the country are because of the government’s decision to try former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution.

“This is the only reason that the PML-N is facing all the difficulties,” he said at a news conference at the party’s Central Secretariat here on Wednesday.

Mr Iqbal, who is also deputy secretary general of the PML-N, said the current political crisis would be over if the government stopped pursuing the case against the former military dictator.

“If we also bow down (before their demands), the political horizon will clear up,” he said, adding that “friends of Musharraf” were out to destabilise democracy. “They are desperate to save the former president.”

The minister rejected a perception that the PML-N was against the armed forces and said that holding trial of a general did not mean that the party was against the whole army. “The party has great respect for the army as an institution which has been rendering great services for the country’s defence.”

Imran Khan termed risk for country’s economic growth

He criticised PTI Chairman Imran Khan for giving the call for a long march on the Independence Day and alleged that he had done so to fulfil some foreign agenda. He questioned Mr Khan’s frequent visits to the UK before the long march.

About the PTI chief’s demand for a complete ‘audit’ of the results of 2013 general elections, Mr Iqbal said Imran Khan should also tell the nation who would do the audit because he did not have faith in the government, the judiciary and the Election Commission.

“Do you want the audit from Indian Election Commission or the United Nations or like Afghanistan you also want John Kerry to resolve the dispute in Pakistan,” he asked.

The PML-N leader said that by expressing no confidence in every institution, the PTI chief wanted to portray Pakistan before the international community as a “banana republic”. He described Mr Khan as a “risk to the country’s economic growth”.

Mr Iqbal accused the PTI of indulging in politics of confrontation at a time when economy had started showing signs of improvement. Neither the PML-N nor the people would allow Mr Khan to sabotage the ongoing development works, he added.

He advised the PTI chief to change the date for his long march so that the nation could celebrate Independence Day under the national flag. He alleged that Mr Khan was doing “politics of polarisation” by asking his supporters to come out in the streets with party flags, instead of the national flag, on Aug 14.

Mr Iqbal said PML-N workers were watching all these developments with patience. “What will happen if we also give a call to our workers,” he said, adding that Mr Khan wanted to drag the country towards civil war.

He alleged that the PTI chief wanted the military operation in North Waziristan to fail. “What message we are sending to our brave soldiers who are sacrificing their lives for our security and the nation.”

The minister also criticised the performance of the PTI-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “At least show us some window through which we can see a new Pakistan in KP,” he said, referring to PTI’s slogan of “new Pakistan”.

He said Mr Khan had himself failed his party’s government in KP by running it through SMSs from his Bani Gala residence in Islamabad.

In reply to a question, the PML-N leader said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would soon meet leaders of “democratic parties”. (Courtesy: Dawn)

No one to be allowed to create unrest on August 14: PM

CHAKWAL: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that they would not let anyone create unrest in the country on August 14 – Independence Day.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony for the construction of the Mandra-Chakwal and Sohawa-Chakwal dualway at Dhudial, the prime minister said that his government was determined to change the destiny of the country and its people in the next four years as its first year would be a role model for the remaining mandated period. “We will turn the country into a paradise by ridding it of terrorism and all types of crimes,” he avowed.

The prime minister announced amid thunderous applause that no one could stop his government from serving the people as the masses had created it. He ridiculed those who were demanding the government to step down and said that the government was being felicitated by the people for bringing the rate of the US dollar down. Without naming MNA Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad, the prime minister reminded the audience that someone had challenged the government that if it succeeded in bringing the rate of the US dollar below one hundred rupees, he would resign was now asking the government to quit.

At this, the crowd started chanting slogans against Shaikh Rasheed by taking his nickname shouting against Shaikh Rashid by taking his nickname but Nawaz Sharif stopped it. The ceremony was also attended by former federal minister Lt Gen (R) Abdul Majid Malik, Lt Gen (R) Malik Abdul Qayyum, Minister of State Abdul Hakim Baloch, MNAs Begum Iffat Liaquat and Sardar Mumtaz Tamman. It was addressed by former minister of state Major (R) Malik Tahir Iqbal and federal parliamentary secretary for establishment Raja Javaid Ikhlas.

The prime minister announced that both the roads would be completed by the National Logistic Cell (NLC) at a cost of Rs9 billion. He told the people that the NLC chief had given consent to construct the roads in twelve months instead of original plan of eighteen months, and for the purpose the government would provide funds promptly. He announced the construction of northern by-pass for Chakwal city that would minimise traffic density inside the city.

The prime minister was briefed by NLC Director General Major General Asghar Nawaz about the project’s details. He told the premier that 130km long road with a width of 24 feet would benefit the people of Chakwal, Khushab, Sohawa, Talagang, Mianwali and D I Khan. Both the roads would be constructed as dual carriageways. Nawaz Sharif announced that the government had chalked out comprehensive development package for the whole of country. “We have initiated several road infrastructure projects, energy projects, railway up-gradation projects and new railway track projects in the country and these projects were not limited to a specific area but covered whole of Pakistan,” the prime minister said.

He said that ten coal power projects in Gadani, two coal power projects in Port Qasim, four power plants in different locations of Punjab, ten coal power projects in Thar, Dasu Dam, Diamer-Bhasha Dam and Civil Nuclear Power Project in Karachi spoke volumes about government’s commitment to resolve the energy crisis being faced by the country. “We are striving for long-term as well as short-term coal, hydel and nuclear power projects so that cheap and abundant electricity can be available to people of Pakistan in next few years,” he added.

The prime minister reminded the people that the power crisis could not be resolved overnight as the previous governments did not take any concrete measures to resolve the issue and it was now present government that had taken up this task on war footing.

“We started the concept of motorways in Pakistan and now a large area of our population is enjoying its benefits. And it is our government which has decided to extend the motorway up to Karachi. The construction of new railway track of Islamabad-Muzaffarabad, announced by our government, is the only new track planned by the Railways since the inception of Pakistan. Such are the steps taken by our government to put Pakistan back on path to progress that the multi-lateral donors have started building up their confidence in Pakistan’s economy. The economic indicators of our economy are positive, while the recent Moody’s rating has also rated Pakistan better in economic standings,” Nawaz Sharif said and added that these were the achievements of only first year in government and the people could well imagine that destiny of the country would be changed in next four years, if the developmental activities were continued at the same pace. “We have a commitment of development with our people and we stand by it. We have solution to all the problems being faced by our country and we are going step by step to resolve them. The piled up problems will take sometimes to be sorted out,” he said.

Prime Minister Nawaz said his government had taken strong and united stand against terrorism, be it law and order situation in Karachi or terrorism issue and the results of the efforts were evident.The prime minister paid tribute to the people of Chakwal whose soldiers had played remarkable role in safeguarding the country and called it a city of ‘Ghazi and Shuhada’. (Courtesy: The News)