KARACHI: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday said the targeted operation against terrorists and criminals, will continue indiscriminately till the restoration of peace and security in the city.
Addressing business community at exports trophy awards ceremony of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), he said maintaining better law and order in the country, especially in Karachi, was vital for the nation’s economic prosperity and development.
Besides a large number of KCCI members including leading industrialists and exporters, Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Senior Minister of Sindh Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Federal Minister for Fiance and Economic Affairs Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Federal Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani, former federal ministers Dr. Farooq Sattar and Babar Khan Ghauri were present.
Nawaz Sharif said Karachi was the heart of the country and after taking over as the Prime Minister, he initiated interaction and had detailed meetings with all stakeholders including the main political parties and the business community.
He said this resulted in a consensus that a well-planned and across the board operation, was unavoidable to purge the city of crimes, mainly terrorism and kidnapping for ransom incidents.
He expressed the satisfaction that the operation was going in the right direction. However, he said, the Federal and Sindh Governments still have a lot to do on this account to achieve the desired results. Every individual should play his role for the peace, prosperity and development of the country, he added.
He said, We are here today to discuss the law and order situation. He regretted that foreign businessmen hesitate to visit Pakistan, particularly Karachi.
He said that the government was committed to restoring peace and security to the satisfaction of every citizen of the country and to attract foreign traders and investors in the country.
The Prime Minister appreciated the high spirit of the business community who were working hard for the economic prosperity and development of the country.
We are trying our best to provide a level playing field to the business community, especially in Karachi, he added.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said the country was facing many social and economic issues/challenges and added these would be resolved through joint efforts, hard work and commitment.
He said as a result of his government’s initiatives and remedial steps, load-shedding of electricity had visibly been reduced in the country. After paying the amount of circular debt, the power supply was improving and 1400 MW electricity had been added to the national gird, he added.
He said more electricity would be added into the system with execution of various small power projects in the country.
He said that China has decided to set up ten coal-fired power plants in Thar and these would be mine-month projects.