JHANG – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said that transparency and efficiency were the hallmark of his government as in only three power projects it has saved the nation Rs 570 billion.
Addressing the ground-breaking ceremony of the 1,230-megawatt Haveli Bahadur Shah power plant near Jhang, the prime minister said that the country today had the lowest inflation rates, highest foreign exchange reserves and positive rating. The prime minister said that his government had bravely confronted the challenges of a deteriorating economy, terrorism and over 16 hours of power outages.
He said, the economic indicators were good, load shedding was cut to half and terrorists on the run. He was addressing a large gathering here to lay the foundation stone of a re-gasified LNG power plant that would be completed in 2017. He said that he was really pleased to be a part of the ceremony as his dream of ending energy crisis was about to be fulfilled.
Nawaz said that today foreign investors were rushing back to Pakistan as situation in Karachi and other parts of the country had improved considerably. He said law and order situation in the port city had improved and now the investors were rushing back to the city with new projects.
He dismissed the claims of those who said the government had been unable to make any significant progress and cited various development projects. He said a number of power projects were in different phases of construction across the country that – in the next few years time – would start adding precious power to the national grid.
He said mega projects of roads, highways and motorways were underway that would not only link far off places of the country, but also connect the country with Central Asian Republics, China and the Middle East.