ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday said despite numerous inherited challenges the consolidated efforts of his government have tremendously improved the state of affairs in all major sectors of the country.
Talking to Foreign Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni, the Prime Minister said Pakistan was marching on its way to achieve long-term economic stability.
He said his government was fully exploiting its immense potential to take the country into peace and prosperity for its people, the region and the world at large.
The Prime Minister said “By the grace of Allah Almighty, we are pursuing a robust national policy to overcome energy issues confronting our people and the country. He said the positive economic indicators reflect Pakistan’s efforts for revival of the economy.
He said the government has adopted a zero-tolerance strategy against terrorism and the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb has successfully dismantled the terrorists’ networks and their safe havens.
The operation against criminals and extortionists in Karachi has brought peace in the city. The improved law and order situation and the business-friendly environment have restored confidence of investors; encouraging them to invest in Pakistan.
The Italian FM Paolo Gentiloni appreciated the Prime Minister for leading a war against the extremist ideology in Pakistan.
“Your government’s reach out to neighbours and efforts for restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan are highly appreciable,” he said.
While considering the huge potential he said, the present volume of bilateral trade between Italy and Pakistan of $ 1 billion needs to be significantly enhanced.
The Italian Foreign Minister lauded Prime Minister Sharif’s progressive reforms agenda and the legislative and administrative measures being undertaken for protection and empowerment of minorities and women. He also briefed the Prime
Minister on the upcoming visit of Italian Prime Minister to Pakistan.
The meeting was attended by Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo, Special Assistan to PM Tariq Fatemi and senior officials of the government.