Prime Minister meets parliamentarians from Sahiwal, Multan

Islamabad, December 13, 2013 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that the economic position of Pakistan has improved as compared to the last year. Last year the GDP growth for July – September was 2.9% while this year it is 5.1%. We want to take GDP rate to 7% in next four years, he added.

Prime Minister said this while talking to a group of Parliamentarians from Sahiwal Division and Multan Division who called on him today. Shiekh Aftab Mininster of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Captain ® Safdar MNA, and Mr. Hamza Shahbaz, MNA also attended the meeting.

PM said that we received the economy in bad shape. He told that the economy was better in 1991 during our first tenure and we were at parity with our neighbouring countries and even ahead in some aspects. But lack of decisions on important projects has led us to the situation we are facing today.

Prime Minister told that the decision of status of GSP plus is an example of our endeavours to change the track of economy from aid to trade. Apart from textile it will also benefit other sectors like leather industry.

PM said that the ADB supportive decision to invest in Jamshoro coal power plant will also pave way for investment in Gadani coal power project. This will have a positive impact on our economy. And we will be able to achieve our energy targets within 3-4 years.

The PM also explained the newly launched Youth Business loan Scheme and told that it will benefit around three million people in its first phase. He said that certain people are raising concerns on this project that the inexperienced youth will waste the loan as they have no experience. PM told that this does not mean that we should not initiate any new scheme.

He said that youth of this nation are more responsible and I believe that they will utilize the loan in effective manner. He told that Banks have been giving large loans to big industrialists, but now we also need to trust and invest in Small and Medium Enterprises. He told that SMEs are the back bone of USA, Japan and Germen economy. He said this was promise of our election campaign and we have proved that we keep our promises.

Addressing the Parliamentarians PM said that the Electricity problem has seen some relief due to payment of the circular debt and by taking administrative measures and rectifying the issues. But this problem cannot be solved overnight and needs constant efforts. We have made long term as well as short term plans to overcome energy shortages, he added.

Addressing the issue of terrorism he said that we have chosen the path of dialogue according to the decision taken in APC and expressed hope that the dialogue will bear fruit. He told that the operation in Karachi is being carried out successfully adding that we have made necessary legislation to bring the culprits before the law so that they can be held for their misdeeds.

The Parliamentarians showed confidence in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif and said that the revolutionary steps taken by him would change the destiny of the country. They also discussed political matters relating to their constituencies.

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