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May 30, 2013
LONDON: Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been given a historic mandate by the people of Pakistan to resolve the chronic issues of poverty and electricity crisis that have engulfed the country “due to the incompetence” of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government.
Former Punjab chief minister and the chief minister-designate Shahbaz Sharif arrived in London on Tuesday afternoon for a medical check-up on a private visit. A large number of PML workers welcomed him at the airport.
Speaking to media, Shahbaz said that the PML-N fully realised the problems faced by the people of Pakistan due to shortage of electricity but assured that his party was working on a plan to deal with it as soon as possible. He blamed the PPP administration for creating this crisis.
“I can assure you that we will make efforts day and night to deal with this situation. We are preparing a plan and working on it with full concentration. We will ensure that trade and commerce get boost. The 18 hours of electricity is unacceptable. Energy is the nation’s life line.
When asked about his party’s position on the recent comments made by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain about ‘separating’ Karachi from Pakistan, Shahbaz said that he wished that Altaf Hussain had not made such remarks about Pakistan but “our party also said that his retraction should also be accepted.” “His (Altaf’s) comments hurt the whole nation, the nation went into a state of mourning over his comments. But he retracted his comments and that should be accepted.”
Shahbaz Sharif said that the stock markets have reacted positively to the PML-N victory. “We will soon bring policies to attract overseas Pakistanis so that they can invest in Pakistan and help us finish joblessness and poverty. The law and order situation needs to be addressed and the culture of government also needs to be reformed to encourage outside investors. We need effective policies for that.” (Courtesy: The News)