Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday affirmed that joint operations against presence of militants in various parts of the country should be enhanced to ensure that terrorism is effectively rooted out from North Waziristan as well as the rest of the country. Prime Minister said that China is best trade stakeholder of Pakistan.
Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting to review the progress of the projects under the Pak China Economic corridor at Prime Minister House in Islamabad on Friday.
Prime Minister was briefed by Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning about the Development Projects undertaken under the auspices of Chinese companies.
The Meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Khwaja Asif, Minister for Water and Power, .Khwaja Saad Rafiq, Minister for Railways, Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab, Tariq Fatemi, SAPM on Foreign Affairs, Nargis Sethi, Secretary Water & Power, Hassan Nawaz Tarar, Secretary Planning, Saleem Sethi, Secretary EAD and Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, Secretary Communication
Chief Minister Punjab said that the Chinese collaboration in the development projects is a catalyst in expediting the process of development in the country. Ahsan Iqbal briefed the Prime Minster that all out efforts will be taken to complete the development projects in the span of 3 years that includes Port Qasim Power Plant of 660 MW, Coal fired Power Plant of 1260 MW in Sahiwal, Wind Power Project of 250 MW in Gharo and 660 MW coal fired Project in Thar.
Prime Minister was also told that timely review and Time Line Matrix of the respective Projects have been formulated. China and Pakistan are mutually agreed to follow the timeline so that all the projects are completed as soon as possible. PM was told by Mr. Ahsan Iqbal.
While discussing the Gaddani Power Project, Prime Minister directed to expedite the work on Jetty at Gaddani on priority basis.
“These projects will end the Load shedding in Pakistan and bring new industries in the country. China is an earnest trading partner of Pakistan and her cooperation would yield economic benefits in the country”. Prime Minister said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz had meeting with Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif affirmed that joint operations against presence of militants in various parts of the country should be enhanced to ensure that terrorism is effectively rooted out from North Waziristan as well as the rest of the country.
The meeting came days after ties between Nisar and the PML-N leadership normalized following a meeting between the interior minister and the prime minister himself.
Sources told media that the meeting discussed issues pertaining to national and internal security as well as issues relating to the situation in North Waziristan and progress of the ongoing military operation.
The meeting noted with satisfaction that the civil and military leadership appeared to be on the same page on matters of national security.
Chief Minister Shahbaz updated the premier regarding the measures taken by the Punjab government for the effective facilitation of the internally displaced persons.
During the meeting issues pertaining to national security, political situation and the internally displaced persons (IDPs) were discussed.
The meeting also discussed the prime minister’s visit to Karachi and the decisions taken during his time in the country’s financial capital.
Prime Minister on Thursday had chaired a meeting over Karachi’s law and security situation during his one-day visit to Karachi.
According to sources, the prime minister had reprimanded ministers over the worsening law and order situation in the city. The premier had also expressed displeasure over the way the affairs were being run by the Sindh government.