Overcoming energy crisis govt’s top priority: Nawaz

LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that Pakistan is a vibrant and progressive country and his government is giving top priority to bringing economic stability to it by overcoming the energy crisis in the shortest possible time.
Talking to British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in London, he said we oppose interference in the internal affairs of any other country. The two leaders discussed peace and security situation in the region, particularly the presidential elections in Afghanistan and the post-2014 NATO withdrawal scenario. Giving an overview of his government’s economic reforms, Nawaz Sharif underlined the need for UK’s support in expanding investment in energy, infrastructure development, mining and oil and gas exploration sectors.
Nick Clegg commended the vision of Prime Minister Nawaz for the socio-economic development of the country and committed UK’s continued assistance in the implementation of prime minister’s reforms agenda. During the meeting a presentation was also made on the status and progress of DFID-sponsored education, youth skill development and health programmes in Punjab. The prime minister hoped that the DFID would expand its programmes in other provinces of Pakistan as well.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz attended the meeting among others. Meanwhile, speaking at a luncheon hosted by head of the Standard Chartered Bank Peter Sands, the prime minister said that an overwhelming international response to Pakistan’s Euro bond shows the confidence of international investors in Pakistan’s economic policies. 

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