MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Friday said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government was strong and stable and the party would contest 2018 polls with a strong portfolio on the basis of several completed development projects.
“We are not political orphans and are here till June 15, 2018 and contest the next polls with a strong portfolio,” the prime minister said while addressing a gathering after inaugurating the $436 million 147 megawatt Patrind Hydropower Project in Muzaffarabad.
“We do not believe in hollow slogans, as we have done work on the ground which is a clear evidence of our commitment to serve the masses,” he added.
The prime minister also dismissed speculations that the government would not complete its term. He said the next government would again be of PML-N as the people know that this was the only party that selflessly serves the masses.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said it was the Nawaz Sharif government that took the initiative of bringing to life redundant power projects that were shelved in the past. He said even a cursory glance of power production from year 2000 to 2013 would show that nothing significant was achieved.
The prime minister expressed satisfaction over the initiation of commercial operations of the Patrind Hydropower plant and its timely completion. He hoped that the Independent Power Producer (IPP) project would help meet the demand of electricity for Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Abbasi termed it a landmark achievement for Pakistan and Korea cooperation and appreciated Daewoo for its long term commitment with Pakistan.
The premier said Pakistan today was self-sufficient in power generation and said the current output exceeded the demand. He hoped that it would be sufficient to meet the demand during the next summers as well.