Country to be rid of energy crisis, extremism: CM

* Shahbaz says every promise made with the people will be fulfilled at all costs

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the country will be rid of the energy crisis and the menace of extremism under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 
He was addressing a reception hosted by office-bearers and workers of the PML-N in London on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that every promise made with the people would be fulfilled at every cost. He said it is a matter of an honour that British Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Minister William Hague, Home Secretary Theresa May and Minister for International Development Justine Greening have highly appreciated the performance of Punjab government. The chief minister said this is not mere a chance that our international friends are cooperating with Pakistan generously as they believe that there is an honest and responsible government in power in Pakistan which believes in transparency. Shahbaz Sharif thanked friendly countries that they realise the problems of Pakistan and Pakistani people but our goal is to achieve self-sufficiency, self-reliance and prosperity by utilising our own resources.
Shahbaz Sharif said that a year ago, when PML-N came into power, the situation was worst, national economy had reached at the verge of disaster, corruption was rampant and institutions were ruined. But PML-N government made service to the people as its mission and after a year, the situation as well as all economic indicators has improved, he added. He said that due to the increase in value of Pak rupee against dollar, the burden of 800 billion rupees of foreign loans on Pakistan has lessened. 
The chief minister said that the benefit of decrease in prices of petroleum products has been provided to the people due to which the price-hike has also decreased. He said that foreign exchange reserves have improved and the rate of tax collection has increased. 
He said that the skills development programme launched in four districts of South Punjab with the cooperation of DFID is an encouraging step towards achieving the goal of self-reliance and self-sufficiency, under which more than forty thousand youth of the province have been made skilful and now its scope has been extended to 18 districts. Shahbaz Sharif said that besides other provinces of Pakistan, skills development programme will also be made a role model for other countries. 
He said every Pakistani should be proud that positive image of the country has improved in the world which is a great success. He said that Punjab government has decided to set up Overseas Pakistani Commission and recommendations and proposals of expatriate Pakistanis will be given priority in establishing this Commission. The chief minister said that we have lived abroad in exile and know the problems of overseas Pakistanis. He said that the development package of 32 billion dollars reflects complete confidence by China in the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He said that this package of 32 billion dollars is an excellent gift by Chinese leadership for Pakistani people. Shahbaz Sharif said that energy projects of twenty thousand megawatt would be launched through this historic package during next seven years which will help eliminate energy crisis in the country. 
He said that work on various energy projects is being started during current month. He said that the foundation stone of coal-based power plants will be laid at Port Qasim and Sahiwal and a total of 2,500-megawatt electricity will be generated through these projects during next three years. The chief minister said that due to greed and worst criminal negligence of previous rulers, Nandipur Power Project of 450 megawatt was delayed for three years. He said that the machinery of this project of national importance rusted at Karachi port but former rulers pay no attention to it and engineers of Chinese company went back. He said that former rulers have buried Nandipur Power Project in the graveyard of corruption but PML-N government on coming into power, revived this important project and within only few months, high quality work was carried-out on this project speedily. He said that the first turbine which had to start production in November 2014 is going to generate electricity during the current month. Shahbaz Sharif said that honesty, hard work, transparency and sincerity are the basic pillars of this story of commitment and determination. He said that every step of PML-N government is aimed at betterment of the people and all projects are being completed with high standard and transparency. He said that glorious examples have been set by spending resources on public welfare. 

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