Abbasi lauds sacrifices, contribution of Pakistan Army for bringing back peace, amity to country

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QUETTA: Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has appreciated sacrifices and contributions of Pakistan Army in bringing back peace to the country.

Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stated while addressing student officers and faculty of Command and Staff College, Quetta on Thursday.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa accompanied the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister talked about progress Pakistan made during the tenure, challenges facing Pakistan and the way forward.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan has great potential and through national cohesion we can defeat any challenge ahead.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that cause of the democracy demands free, fair and transparent elections.

Speaking in the last session of the National Assembly in Islamabad on Thursday, he said neither the Government nor the opposition would accept any suggestion for delaying general elections.

The Prime Minister said timely holding of elections is constitutional requirement and we would not allow even a day’s delay in the conduct of polls.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi proposed national dialogue to define relationship among institutions and forge consensus on critical issues.

Highlighting government performance in the National Assembly, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said security situation has greatly improved as our valiant armed forces have successfully defeated the menace of terrorism and restored peace in the country.

He said peace was also established in Karachi which is result of consensus among the political parties and a success story of democracy.

The Prime Minister said economy of the country has been revamped and a growth rate of about six percent has been achieved. He said today Pakistan has become an investment destination of all foreign and local investors. He said radical tax reforms have been introduced while energy crisis overcame due to prudent policies of the government.

He said government initiated projects will ensure sufficient availability of electricity by 2030. He said one hundred and fourteen new gas discoveries were recorded in our tenure.

He said today gas is available to every consumer in Pakistan. He said supply of gas will be made available by 2020 through Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the government has brought a revolution in internal and regional connectivity.

He said 1700 kilometers long motorways have either been completed or in completion phase across Pakistan. He said western corridor will open up Balochistan.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the government has brought a revolution in internal and regional connectivity.

He said 1700 kilometers long motorways have either been completed or are in completion phase across Pakistan. He said western corridor will open up Balochistan.

The Prime Minister said first national water policy was approved with consensus. He said the government has initiated Mohmand and Diamer Basha dams to overcome water shortage in the country.

He said Thar Coal is being used for cheap electricity generation. He said FATA’s merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is also a hallmark of our government.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor will offer tremendous trade and economic opportunities for Pakistan which will play an important role in Pakistan’s economic growth.

He said on the foreign policy front, we have never compromised Pakistan’s sovereignty. He said Kashmir issue was raised on every forum.

The international community is now accepting our viewpoint on Afghanistan that this issue should be resolved according to the will of the people of that country as war is no solution to political issues.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said a free media is utmost necessary in a functional democracy to highlight people’s issues effectively.

He thanked the speaker, opposition leader and other lawmakers for their cooperation in running business of the House.

Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah has said democracy and economy can only be strengthened in Pakistan through education.

Speaking on a point of order, he said he tried his best to take the opposition along on every issue. He said all of us should make efforts to strengthen the parliament and democracy. – NNI