PM-Address to Pakistani community in Bahrain

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MANAMA (Bahrain), Jan 8 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz
Sharif Thursday said the 21st constitutional amendment would lead to
quick dispensation of justice and help the country eliminate the
scourge of terrorism.
Addressing members of the Pakistani community here on the
second day of his official visit to Bahrain, the prime minister said
the military courts were being established to take to task all those
elements involved in terrorist activities against the State of
Pakistan and its innocent people, who fell vicitm to their nefarious
designs.
He said the government was committed to bring peace to the
country at all costs and vowed that the war will continue till the
elimination of the last terrorist.
The Prime Minister appreciated the political parties who
extended full support on the constitutional amendments to bring
peace to the country and establishment of the courts.
He said quick dispensation of justice through the military
courts would help the country progress and develop, without any fear
or threat. He said the people in Pakistan were anxious and feared
about their loved ones, ading that the government was determined to
bring peace to Pakistan at all costs.
Referring to the threat from terrorism to the country,
he said that the govenment believed in dialogue and offered those
who were willing to lay down their arms, for talks. However
regretted that in response an attack was launched on the Karachi
airport. He said there was an assessment that 50,000 people have
lost lives while the national economy has suffered losses in
billions of dollars.
He said it was time for decisive steps and operation Zarb-e-
Azb was launched. He said the political and military leadership were
on the same page on the issue of terrorism and wanted to end it once
for all.
Prime Minister said the nation had to bear two tragic
incidents of attack at Wahga border and Peshawar school after the
launch of the operation.
Prime Minister Sharif also recalled his meeting with the
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and said both the countries had
suffered at the hands of terrorism and had pledged that neither
country will allow use of its soil against the other.
He said all hideouts and sanctuaries of terrorists inside
Pakistan’s territory have been wiped out and this has also been
appreciated by the Afghan leadership. He said it was not merely a
new chapter in ties with Afghanistan, rather it was a new book.
Referring to relations with India, the Prime Minister said
wars were no solution as all issues needed to be resolved through
dialogue because regional peace and stability depended on peace.
He regretted that Pakistan’s ties with India were not ideal
and said he visited the neighbouring country on the invitation of
the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as he wanted cordial
ties with all neighbours.
He said it was agreed between the two prime ministers to have
a meeting of their Foreign Secretaries to kick off the dialogue
process, however India unilaterally called off the meeting, on the
pretext that Pakistani ambassador met the Kashmiri leadership.
The Prime Minister said the incidents of firing along the Line
of Control from the other side seemed to be an attempt to mar the
bilateral relations.
Recalling his talks with former Indian Prime Minister Atal
Behari Vajpayee, the Lahore Declaration and initiation of the
Pakistan-India Bus Service, he said there was a mutual desire to
improve relations amicably and said this spirit should continue.
The Prime Minister recalled his meetings with the leadership
of Bahrain and said they specially lauded the hard work, dedication
and contribution of the Pakistani community that was playing a key
role in the development and prosperity of Bahrain.
He said that the Pakistani community living in Bahrain was
well appreciated by the leadership and people of Bahrain and said
Pakistan too desired stronger bilateral ties. He said both Pakistan
and Bahrain were keen to further strengthen their relations in all
facets for the prosperity of their peoples.
Prime Minister shared with the expatriate community the
situation back home and said the power shortages in Pakistan was a
serious issue and his government was taking effective measures to
improve the situation.
He said power shortages in Pakistan were negatively impacting
its exports and the national economy. He regretted that no
government in the past took the issue seriously and the country
continued to plunge in darkness. He said with the support of the
Chinese government, a number of new power projects were in the
pipeline.
Sharif said that Pakistan’s economic indicators were improving
day by day and there was unprecedented improvement. Exports were
growing and manufacturing sector was witnessing remarkable progress,
he added.
He said the benefit of lower petroleum prices has been passed
on to the people resulting in cheaper prices of food stuff, travel,
fertilizers, manufacturing while all other sectors too were
benefitting from it.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan’s forex reserves have
increased, stock markets were performing well and all other sectors
showing improvement.
He expressed the confidence that the government would be able
to meet its committments of ending the power shortage crisis within
its tenure. He said that the government was endeavouring to run a
clean
and transparent system of governmance. The Transparency
International too had acknowledged this fact, he added.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also recalled the historic
decision of initiating the Lahore-Islamabad motorway in 1991 and
said work would soon begin on the Lahore-Karachi motorway. He said
work on the China Trade Corridor from Khunjerab to Gawadar Port
would transform the entire era.
He also pledged to meet the shortfall in supply of natural gas
and said work on gas pipeline from Iran would be completed while LNG
terminals were being constructed at Port Qasim to help meet the
energy shortfall.
He said over 10,000 MW electricity would be produced from
Bhasha, Bunji and Dasu dams, while work on coal based power projects
would help meet the energy shortfall.

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