Charter of economy
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday once again offered the opposition to sit together and discuss his proposal of “charter of economy” in greater national interest and for the country’s sake.His statement came a day after President Dr Arif Alvi offered to reach out to both PM Shehbaz and former premier Imran Khan to thaw the political impasse over a spate of thorny issues and find a broad consensus for fresh elections and a charter of economy.While conditionally offering his good office for mediation, the president also urged political parties to avoid subjecting the military to controversies by dragging it into political thicket, reminding that the institution was the guarantor of the national security.
“Today, as prime minister of Pakistan, I am once again offering the opposition to discuss charter of economy which I had also offered when I was the opposition leader,” Shehbaz said in his address to nation on the eve of country’s 75 Independence Day.
He said that it was the need of the hour as a nation that we move forward in the right direction. “We must not sacrifice the national interest for our personal ego and stubbornness,” he said in an apparent message to former prime minister Imran Khan.”We must remember that the real political leadership does not focus on elections but on the future of the coming generations.”
Earlier, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb had said that PM Shehbaz will address the nation at 9:15pm tonight.She made this announcement while using her Twitter handle.
The country is celebrating its 75th Independence Day on Sunday which attained independence following the end of British colonial rule in the sub-continent.
PM Shehbaz is also likely to launch the re-recorded national anthem on Sunday. He is the second elected Prime Minister, after Liaquat Ali Khan, to have this unique honour.
The national anthem has been re-recorded after 68 years, with the participation of 155 singers, 48 musicians and 6 bandmasters. Taking an inclusive, gender-balanced approach, the anthem features vocalists from diverse regional, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, from various religious faiths and musical genres. The brass bands of all three-armed forces also participated in this national effort.
Some of the renowned vocalists singing the re-recorded anthem include Abdullah Qureshi, Bilal Saeed, Fakhir Mehmood, Humaira Javed, Taj Mastani and Umair Jaswal.
PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique shared a teaser of the re-recorded national anthem on Twitter.
The project has been completed in collaboration with various departments including the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and ISPR.
The re-recording of the National Anthem originally began in August 2017, during the previous tenure of PML-N government. Maryam Aurangzeb continued the project when she was appointed as the minister for information and broadcasting in April.