Lahore : Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday said with remarkable improvement brought about in every segment of life and economy during the last over three years, the PML-N
government has put the country on the path of real progress and prosperity.
“There is huge difference in today’s Pakistan and that of 2013,when the country had come on the brink of economic collapse. There was acute energy shortage in the country, and terrorism was on the rise,”
Nawaz Sharif said while addressing the party workers and leaders here after his unopposed election as party president by the PML-N Central Council.
The Prime Minister recounted the PML-N government’s achievements since its inception in 2013 and said power load-shedding has been lessened, economic indicators were positive and terrorism has been
curbed to a large extent.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said owing to his government’s policies, the country’s economy has witnessed a remarkable improvement during the last over three years with forex
reserves reaching the historic level of US Dollar 24 billion from the mere around $ 3 billion in 2013.
He referred to the PML-N government’s two incomplete tenures in the 1990s and said Pakistan had an unfortunate history of ups and downs. “But we have to convert it into the fortune, and all of us have
to play our role in this respect.”
Referring to the activities of his government’s political opponents, the Prime Minister said, every era had witnessed some jugglers trying to befool the masses. “Even today, these elements are befooling the people, misleading the masses, and indulging in humiliation of people. But we are not
afraid of these,” he remarked.
The Prime Minister said instead of serving the people of a province, where they had the mandate, they were spending their time at containers. “Today, the people of KPK (Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa) are looking for the man, who had promised them a new Pakistan,” Nawaz Sharif said.
Referring to the rallies of a political party, the Prime Minister said, it had to struggle for months to gather the people for a public meeting. “But now they (people) will not turn up,” he remarked.
Nawaz Sharif said his party did not believe in blame-games and hurling accusations. “Our focus is on serving the people. Today’s Pakistan is changing and developing, and it is being acknowledged in
the world.” He said Pakistan had been included in the list of fast growing countries and leading magazines were publishing positive articles about Pakistan.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan’s stock market has been included in the five fastest growing stock markets of the world.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said due to his government’s prudent economic policies, inflation was under control and prices of essential commodities like onions, potatoes and other vegetables were very low when compared with 2013. He said the prices of petrol and diesel have also witnessed
significant decrease, adding, the government was committed to end power load-shedding by 2018.
The Prime Minister was highly appreciative of China for helping Pakistan to check energy shortage and bringing in huge investment for setting up dozens of power projects including gas-based, coal-fired,
wind, solar and atomic energy projects.
He said 10,000 MWs of electricity would be added to the national grid by 2018, adding, his target was to add 30,000 MWs of electricity to meet the future energy requirements and the government was working
on it. He further said the prices of electricity for domestic consumers had also come down from Rs. 18 per unit in 2013 to Rs. 10 per unit at present and his effort was to bring it down to Rs. 7 to Rs. 8 per unit
by the next years.
The Prime Minister was confident that due to his government’s performance, the PML-N would again win the 2018 elections including in the KPK. He said the government due to its transparent and effective
management and policies had saved Rs. 100 billion in the establishment of three gas-based power projects.