ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday urged opponents against “negative” politics and asked them to support the PML-N.
The prime minister said the political parties that claim they would bring about a change in the country through protests and long marches were not doing any favour to the country. He said those talking about a revolution with the support of mere forty to fifty thousand people could not be allowed to overrun the mandate given by millions of people to the Pakistan Muslim League-N government. The prime minister said no one could be permitted to hinder the “journey of progress” at any cost and urged all political parties to join hands for the betterment of the country. Nawaz Sharif said there was no room for the politics of negativity.
He said the world today was acknowledging the success of his government in various areas, as there were no corruption scandals and the development work was going on at full pace. He said that economic indicators were positive and were also acknowledged by the Moody’s, IMF and other international organisations. Prime Minister Nawaz said the problems that had been piling up for years could not be resolved in a few months. He said the government was taking a number of long- and short-term measures to address all such issues, including power shortage.
He said a number of development projects were underway in cooperation with China, and expressed the hope that the results would be obvious soon. He also cited a number of power generation projects, including two power houses of 1,300MW at Port Qasim, 660MW in Thar, 1,300MW in Jamshoro and enhanced capacity project of 2,500MW at Tarbela Dam. He said the Neelum Jhelum project would also be operational by 2017. Nawas claimed that there has been an increase of three per cent in number of taxpayers in the country, while the fiscal deficit has declined to four percent. He cited the positive response of investors to the Euro Bonds which, he added, “speaks volumes about the success of government’s economic policies”.
Nawaz lauded Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for the increase in the foreign exchange reserves that have reached $14 billion, and hoped that they would rise to $15 billion mark in the next few months. The premier recalled that the rate of the US dollar against the Pakistan rupee started its slide with the efforts of the government. He said he and the finance minister had to put in heir best efforts to arrest the decline of the dollar at Rs 98, as the low Pakistan rupee-US dollar parity would have negatively impacted the country’s exports. He mentioned the Karachi transport project and said the federal government would fully fund the project, which would be completed in the shortest possible time.
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