Live and let live

* Nawaz asks political opponents to show maturity and let him work in peace during his tenure

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday the politics of strikes and sit-ins is detrimental to the country and democracy and asked the political groups to let the PML-N government complete its agenda of country’s development.
Speaking at the launch of the PM’s Laptop Scheme under the PM Youth Programme on Friday, he said some elements who wanted to take to the streets in the name of revolution were working on the agenda to push the country back to the era of darkness and misery. He said the PML-N government was working on a “real revolution” by making youth part of the country’s development process. “We are working with commitment and zeal for the development of the country. There is no question of creating hurdles in our journey of national development,” he added. Nawaz asks political opponents to show maturity and let him work in peace during his tenure and asked opposition what they wanted out of dharnas and rallies.
The PM said the gathering of bright students was the dream of his government. “However, on the roads, some sections of people are bent upon pushing the country back into the dark ages,” he added. Nawaz asked the youth to stand with those who wanted to take the country forward on the path of peace and prosperity, and not with those who wanted the nation to plunge into darkness. He said the people of Pakistan had voted the PML-N into power, as they believed that this party had the capability to deliver. 
PM Nawaz said the PML-N was working with the determination to eliminate power load shedding, while work had been initiated on mega development projects like Lahore-Karachi Motorway and Pakistan-China trade corridor. He said the government had launched an operation to eliminate terrorism and added that he is working on a plan to bring legislation on banning illegal weapons across the country. He said that his party lacked majority in the Senate and faced problems in passage of this new legislation on possession of illegal weapons. 
The prime minister hoped that the opposition parties too will realise the importance of such measures to overcome incidents of dacoity, extortion and kidnapping for ransom. PM said a “feel-good factor” had increased the stock index, while new employment opportunities were being generated and all sectors were witnessing a positive change. On the occasion, a contingent of the Punjab Police presented a guard of honour to the students. The PM said the contingent was especially invited to present salute to the “real VVIPs”, who were in fact the students of the country. 
He said currently only 12,000 people have got the loans, but more funds were available for more loan-seekers. He said no government in the past had the courage to provide loans of up to two million rupees to each youth. The prime minister said that while giving the laptops, no questions were asked to the students as to which party they supported. “It does not matter if you have voted for me or not, I am still your prime minister and responsible for providing you all facilities,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar said the prime minister, soon after taking oath of his office, announced six schemes, of which five were for youth. He mentioned the Fee Reimbursement Scheme, PM Youth Loan, and added micro-finance scheme for the youth will be launched in a few days. He said the Ministry of Finance had already released the full amount of Rs 4 billion for the scheme. He said the local manufacturing of the laptops will create new jobs and bring technical expertise to the country. 

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