ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday said eliminating terrorism from Pakistan is the topmost priority of his government.
He was talking to a delegation of Norway led by its Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Prime Minister said that the ongoing military operation “Zarb-e-Azb” has been a huge success in curtailing terrorism throughout the country. He said it has dismantled the terrorists’ networks, which have resorted to hit soft targets out of sheer frustration.
The Prime Minister said that after achieving a growth rate of 4.7 percent in GDP last year, Pakistan hopes to cross 5 percent growth in the GDP in coming months.
He said the government is focusing on all crucial sectors of economy including agriculture and industry. He said inflation is at record 40 years low in Pakistan, which is the result of our prudent economic policies.
The Prime Minister said that the government is working on fast-track basis to overcome the power shortages in Pakistan and will add up to 10,000 MW of electricity to our system by next year.
The Prime Minister said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor, executed with the assistance of the friendly country China, includes major infrastructure, energy and communication projects. He said the project is a practical manifestation of our time-tested friendship with China.
Appreciating the counter-terrorism strategy of Pakistani government, Mr. Borge Brende said that there is a sharp decline in terrorism related incidents in Pakistan. He said the security situation in Pakistan has improved a lot. He said Pakistan must play its role for a peaceful Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister said that peace in Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan and the region as well. We will extend all possible support to the Afghan-led peace initiatives.
In the regional context, the deteriorating situation in the Occupied Kashmir also came under discussion. The Prime Minister said that people of held territory are struggling for freedom which is their fundamental right. The UN resolution allows the Kashmiri people to decide about their future. The people of Occupied Kashmir are denied their right to self-determination and ruthlessly targeted. The world must play its role to defuse the situation as per the UN’s resolutions.
The Prime Minister further added that Pakistan strongly believes in peaceful negotiations to resolve the Kashmir issue with India.
Mr. Borge Brende said that Pakistan’s positive role in defusing the tension between Iran and Saudi was very welcoming and was duly appreciated the world over.
The Norwegian Foreign Minister conveyed the deepest condolences on behalf of Norwegian Prime Minister and the people of Norway over the tragic Quetta incident.