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Jun 18, 2013
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the government was working on war footing to bring an end to the energy crisis in the country.
Shahbaz Sharif said this while talking to Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries President Farooq Iftikhar in Model Town on Sunday. He said that the energy crisis had caused irreparable loss to the national economy and left a negative impact on the industrial and agriculture sectors while trade and economic activities had also suffered.
He said business and economic activities could be promoted by curbing the electricity crisis, adding that the PML-N government was determined to overcome the energy crisis and measures were being taken for this purpose.
He said industrialists and traders should give practical proposals for dealing with the problem of the shortage of energy and the government would seriously consider them so that the nation could be rid of its energy shortage.
He said the energy crisis had badly affected the industrial process and poverty and unemployment had increased, adding that there was a need to evolve an effective strategy and adopt comprehensive measures on an emergency basis to cope with the problem.
Poverty and unemployment could be controlled by promoting trade and economic activities, the chief minister said, maintaining that uninterrupted supply of power was essential for the industrial process. He said foreign and local experts were being consulted for resolving the crisis and success would be achieved through continuous efforts.
LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar said industrialists and traders fully supported the government in its bid to resolve the energy crisis and would extend its cooperation for this purpose.Coordinator to CM on Energy Shahid Riaz Gondal said the PML-N government was sincere in resolving the problems being faced by the country and its efforts for ridding the nation of the energy problem would yield positive results.
Member National Assembly Perviaz Malik and Iftikhar Bhatti were also present.Various other delegations called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at Raiwind. Speaking on the occasion, the CM said peace was essential for rapid development and progress. He said controlling poverty and unemployment and maintaining law and order were the priorities of the government and it would take all possible measures for the purpose.
Shahbaz Sharif said that economy could be strengthened by motivating local and foreign investors to invest in Pakistan and it was possible only through an improvement in law and order. He said solid measures were being taken for strengthening the economy which would also provide relief to the masses.
He said the PML-N government had executed mega welfare projects whenever it had come to power and people would not be disappointed this time as well as the government would come up to their expectations. He said no effort would be spared for controlling the energy crisis and resolving other issues. He said every effort of the PML-N government would be directed towards the welfare of the people.
The CM said the whole nation was grieved over the tragic incidents of Quetta where extreme barbarism had been displayed, adding that targeting innocent students and people was blatant aggression. He said it was highly lamentable that Residency of the Quaid-i-Azam in Ziarat had also been destroyed and every patriotic Pakistani was sad after the unfortunate incidents.
He said Pakistan was passing through a critical phase and its time to forge unity and solidarity by sinking mutual differences. He said if the nation and political parties joined hands, the extremist elements would find no place to hide. (Courtesy: The News)