LAHORE: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday said that the Rangers would stay in Karachi till complete peace is restored in the port city.He said that the the city had witnessed a marked improvement in the law and order situation and the ongoing operation would continue till the state’s writ was restored. The Rangers would stay in Karachi where the law and order situation had stabilised in the last two and a half years.“Terrorists are now carrying out isolated acts to make their presence felt, but they would be eliminated at all costs,” he added.The prime minister, however, stressed the need for accelerating the implementation of some clauses of the National Action Plan (NAP). Progress was made on certain points while some others required more effort, he added.When his government came to power in 2013, the law and order situation was deteriorating with rampant incidents of bomb blasts, he said, adding that a significant improvement in the overall law and order situation had been made.The prime minister said Operation Zarb-e-Azb achieved very positive results, and terrorism would be eliminated from the country for good. “The country is now on the path of peace and progress.”He said the Pathankot incident disturbed the dialogue process between Pakistan and India at a time when matters between the two countries were moving in the right direction.Responding to queries of media persons after conveying his condolence over the death of former nazim Mian Amir Mehmood’s father, he reiterated that they would reach a final conclusion after a thorough probe into the Pathankot attack.
Nawaz Sharif said the world appreciated the economic gains achieved by his government in the shortest period of time with foreign reserves now swelling over $21 billion which were hovering around only $2 billion to $3 billion before 2013.He said the trickle-down effects of his government’s economic policies could be witnessed in reduced prices of petroleum and other basic daily use commodities as well as bringing down inflation by 2 percent and a marked improvement in electricity supply.“I am not saying it but the people in the world acknowledge it,” the prime minister remarked, adding that economic indicators were showing very positive trends.About the Saudi-Iran row, Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan took the initiative on its own to reduce the tension and remove misunderstandings between the two countries which are now ready tackle the differences through dialogue. Pakistan was making efforts to reduce tensions and it had been our desire to address issues whenever they arose in the Muslim world, he added.Earlier, the premier condoled with Mian Amir on the sad demise of his father Mian Zahoor-ul-Haq and offered fateha for the departed soul.