ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has emphasized that PML-N’s highest priority would be the country’s economy, with special focus on both immediate, as well as long term measures, to ensure an early end to the crippling energy shortages that have most adversely impacted on the national economy, while also causing immense sufferings to the people.
The former Prime Minister was speaking to the European Ambassadors resident in Islamabad at a luncheon meeting hosted in his honor by the German Ambassador on behalf of the European Union on Thursday.
While briefing the foreign envoys on party’s manifesto for the forthcoming elections, Nawaz Sharif pointed out that in view of the enormous damage done in the country and its institutions over the past decade, the party recognized that the challenges ahead of it related not only to re- establishing the supremacy of law and ensuring respect for the Democratic institutions, but also creating a society based on social justice, while ensuring well-being of all its citizen, without any discrimination and with no tolerance for extremism and militancy.
Nawaz Sharif also informed the ambassadors that the PML-N was committed to a thorough and comprehensive review of our national security and foreign policy, to bring it in consonance with the hopes and aspirations of the people. Consequently, it would make concerted efforts to enhance and strengthen Pakistan’s relations with its proven and time-tested friends, while at the same time, pursuing a policy of normalization with countries with which we have differences, so as to seek their resolution through peaceful negotiations. He also emphasized that political ties with foreign countries would be reinforced by economic and commercial linkages. In this context, he called upon the European Ambassadors to assist in promoting trade and investment in Pakistan, as this would not only strengthen the country’s economy, but its domestic institutions ad well.
In his opening remarks welcoming the PML-N president, the German Ambassador, Dr.Cyrill Nunn expressed his profound thanks to Nawaz Sharif for finding time to brief the European Ambassadors on his party’s policies and programs especially in the context of the forthcoming general elections in Pakistan.
The European countries viewed Pakistan as an important country, located in a highly sensitive region and it was therefore a matter of great satisfaction for them to see democracy and the rule of law being strengthened in the country. He added that the European countries, both bilaterally and in the context of the European Union would seek to enhance their ties with Pakistan, especially in the economic sphere.
The PML-N leader was accompanied by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Senator Ishaq Dar.