ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday said the elements wanted to paralyze the country through their negative politics, “would fail miserably” in their attempts.
“They earlier failed in their 2014 attempt, and would again fail this time as well,” the Prime Minister said while chairing a meeting of PML-N’s Central Working Committee held in Islamabad.
The Prime Minister said his government’s agenda was of “development and progress”, however certain people wanted to derail this process and “only believed in protests”.
Nawaz Sharif said democracy gives the right to protest, but with some limits.
On Kashmir, Nawaz Sharif said India was “sadly mistaken” to equate freedom fighters with terrorists and vowed Pakistan’s continued support to Kashmir cause.
“I am committed to the Kashmir cause. No power in the world can stop us from supporting the freedom struggle of Kashmiris,”
The Prime Minister stressed that Burhan Wani, the Kashmiri youth martyred by Indian security forces, was a freedom fighter and the “pride of Kashmiris”.
“No one can deprive him [Wani] of that pride,” he said.
On energy crisis in the country, the Prime Minister said his government was working day and night to overcome energy shortage and vowed to end power loadshedding by 2018.
He said more than 10,000 megawatts of electricity would be added to the national grid by 2018.
He mentioned that land for construction of Bhasha dam had been acquired, for which an amount of Rs 100 billion had been released.
The Prime Minister said mining process had been started in Thar and also coal-based power plant were being installed, which he said “never happened in 70 years”.
The Prime Minister recalled that since assumption of power in 2013, the government had been facing several challenges, however was overcoming these satisfactorily.
He said terrorist activities were reduced significantly and economy had been strengthened.
Nawaz Sharif mentioned that the Karachi operation, started with the consultation of all stakeholders, was yielding positive results.
About the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the Prime Minister said the 46 billion project of infrastructure development would benefit Balochistan the most.
He mentioned that the government was also focusing on social sector, with several hospitals to be built in next 18 months.
Due to low price of agriculture goods in international market, the government will compensate the farmers, he added.
He said subsidy was being given for installation of solar tube wells in Balochistan.