Govt devoted to protect poor segment from effects of difficult economic situation: PM

PM lauds rescue teams for saving children stranded in flooded Korang Nullah

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said protecting the poorest from the effects of difficult economic condition has been the priority of present government from day one.

In a tweet on Tuesday, he welcomed Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz’s announcement of providing free electricity to the households using up to one hundred units per month.

He expressed the commitment to extend more facilities to the people with improvement in economic situation. Adding to this, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday lauded the rescue teams for saving four children stranded in Islamabad’s rainwater stream, Korang Nullah due to flooding.

In a statement, he commended the services of district administration, police and Rescue 1122, and Pakistan Navy for setting an excellent example of responsibility.

The prime minister said this was an example to be emulated by other rescue teams in the rest of the country. He advised the parents to be vigilant about the safety of their children during the rainy season.

The prime minister also asked the people to extend help to their fellow countrymen with the spirit of national and humanitarian compassion during the heavy downpours and flood situations. Further adding, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the death of Abdullah, a renowned former civil servant.

The prime minister expressing condolence, prayed for the departed soul and for the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.

The prime minister also lauded services of late Abdullah, a former CSP of 1967 batch, and said that he was a dutiful civil servant, a renowned scholar and a researcher on Islam.

Late Abdullah had worked for the welfare of the people during his service. He worked tirelessly for the country and was a role model for the other civil servants to emulate, he observed. Earlier to this, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Monday said the government was ensuring early completion of power projects including 1320 megawatts Shanghai Electric Power, 1236 megawatts Punjab thermal, 720 megawatts Karot Hydro Power, 330 megawatts Energy Limited and 330 megawatts HUBCO ThalNova Thar coal power project. He said the government would complete on priority basis the projects criminally delayed in the past.

In tweets on social media platform Twitter, he said today the federal cabinet was informed in detail by the Power Division about the recent loadshedding in the country. The criminal negligence of the government of Pakistan Tehreek i Insaf (PTI) delayed the power projects of 3963 megawatts which were to be completed by 2020-21. Due to non completion of these projects, people were suffering from loadshedding, he stressed. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday directed the authorities concerned to review the load-shedding policy of gas supply for the factories solely dependent on the commodity for their functioning. Chairing a review meeting for the promotion of investment-related industries and the export sector, he said the country’s economic stability was linked to addressing the problems faced by the industrial sector.

The federal ministers including Minister for Energy Division Engineer Khurram Dastagir, Minister for Board of Investment Chaudhry Salik Hussain, Commerce Minister Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Industries Syed Murtaza Mehmood, Minister for Petroleum Musadik Malik, and Member National Assembly Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Provincial Minister for Law Malik Ahmed Khan and leading businessmen of textile sector attended the meeting. PM Sharif said by extending every possible facilitation to industries, the county would be better able to present its products in the international market. He directed to review gas load-shedding schedule and policy for the factories that entirely relied on gas for their functioning. He also asked the ministers to hold meetings with the delegation of businessmen to resolve their issues. Meanwhile to another official commitment, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday directed the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) to open the Tormak section of the Jaglot-Skardu road on an emergency basis. The prime minister took notice of the situation in view of the difficulties faced by the stranded people and tourists in the area as heavy rainfall and landslide blocked the road for six days during two weeks. He ordered urgent unblocking of the road with the help of additional machinery and workforce, and also stressed the provision of necessary items to local and foreign tourists. PM Sharif emphasized to pace up the work in view of the travel of residents to their homes ahead of the upcoming occasion of Eid ul Azha. The Jaglot-Skardu is the main artery for the transportation of fuel and edible items to the adjoining areas. Tourists from different countries are visiting the area by means of flights.

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