PM assures full assistance to Sindh for timely completion of developments projects

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has reached Karachi on a day-long visit. On his arrival, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and his cabinet members warmly welcomed the Prime Minister at the airport. He is accompanied amongst others by MNAs Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Maulana Asad Mehmood, Miftah Ismail and Akram Durrani. Soon after his arrival, the Prime Minister along with the leaders of allied parties paid his respects at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam. He also laid floral wreath at the mausoleum and offered Fateha. Later, the Prime Minister will hold a meeting with Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and then chair a consultative meeting regarding Karachi’s development projects. He will also be briefed about the problems of Sindh province especially Karachi.   Shehbaz Sharif will also visit Bahadurabad to meet the leadership of MQM. Prime Minister Mohammad Shehbaz Sharif held meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah at the Chief Minister House in Karachi today [Wednesday]. The spokesperson of the Chief Minister House says that during the meeting, political, economic and other issues of importance were discussed besides matters relating to the overall law and order situation and administration of the province. The Prime Minister directed the Chief Minister to make all out efforts for the welfare of the people and for the safety of their lives and properties. The Chief Minister congratulated the Prime Minister on the occasion for assuming the office of the Prime Minister and assured him that Sindh Government will work closely with the Federal Government for the welfare of the people of the province. The meeting was also attended by Members of National Assembly Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Maryam Aurangzeb, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Maulana Asad Mehmood and Ahsan Iqbal besides other officials. Earlier, the Chief Minister accorded the Prime Minister a warm welcome on his arrival at the Chief Minister House. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Wednesday visited the mausoleum of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, where he paid his respects and offered Fateha. This is the first visit of Shehbaz Sharif to the Mazar-e-Quaid after he took the oath as the prime minister on April 11. The prime minister laid a wreath at the mausoleum and also penned his comments in the visitors’ book. In his remarks, the prime minister said he was there to pay tribute to the great Quaid for his great struggle to create a separate homeland and show his respects to him. “I am sorry that we couldn’t follow the path you had expected from us and this disappointed your soul. I make a pledge that I will try my best to serve my countrymen and live up to your expectations,” the prime minister said mentioning him below as “Khadim-e-Pakistan.”

He was accompanied by PML-N leaders Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal and Marriyum Aurangzeb, MQM leaders Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Aminul Haq, and JUI-F leader Muhammad Ali Durrani. Earlier, the prime minister landed in Karachi on a day-long visit where he would meet Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah and hold a consultative meeting on development projects in Karachi. He will also meet the MQM leadership at party’s headquarters in Bahadurabad area of the city. On his arrival at the port city, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah received the prime minister and other leaders of the allied parties.

Earlier, in a tweet, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the prime minister also held a meeting to discuss economic issues as well as development projects for Karachi, during his flights to Karachi. She hoped that Pakistan would move forward so fast that it would be called “Pakistan Speed”. An emergency meeting regarding energy sector chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is in progress in Islamabad. It is discussing steps to overcome electricity load shedding and ensure provision of petroleum products. The meeting is being attended by PML (N) leaders Shahid Khaqan Abbassi and Miftah Ismail as well as officials of ministries of petroleum and finance. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says the government will prepare a coordinated short-term and mid-term plan to reduce inflation in the country. Talking to media persons in Islamabad on Tuesday evening, he said controlling price-hike is the top most priority of his government. Shehbaz Sharif said untiring efforts will be undertaken to address the multiple challenges facing the country, including high inflation, unemployment and poverty. He said facts about the economic condition of the country were presented before the nation today through a press conference. However, he said, we will work day and night to rebuild and revive economy of the country. He said experts will be consulted to put the things right.

Shehbaz Sharif said about 1800 points jump in one go in Pakistan Stock Exchange and regaining of rupee value against dollar by nine rupees in a day after his election as prime minister is a feel-good factor that reflects sentiments of people. He said pensioners have been provided relief through ten percent raise in their pension. He said it is an encouraging development that representatives from textile sector have positively responded to his appeal for ten percent increase in the salary of employees drawing up to one hundred thousand rupees per month.

Responding to a question, the Prime Minister said merit will be upheld in his government. To a question, the Prime Minister said electoral reforms are imperative for transparent and credible elections in the country. Answering a question about NAB, he said during the last three and a half years, it was one sided process of sheer victimization in the name of accountability. He categorically stated we do not believe in victimization. However, he said, law will take its course.

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