Pakistan needs to focus on economy: Nawaz Sharif

Acknowledging that Pakistan is well-equipped to defend itself militarily, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said the country should instead concentrate on economic progress.

By Afzal Khan

Published: Thu 29 May 2014, 8:33 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:05 AM

Addressing a gathering organised to mark the Yaum-e-Takbeer to mark the atomic explosions on May 28, 1998 when Pakistan became world’s seventh nuclear power, Sharif said: “What kind of nuclear power are we if we are still engulfed in darkness instead of light; we have illiteracy instead of education, we have more unemployed people than those with jobs and more terrorism and less peace.”

Sharif said his government has been working hard from the very first day to ensure that people eventually have access to uninterrupted power supply. “We will not stop until we get rid of the curse of load-shedding from this country,” he said.

Hopeful about ending the power crisis soon, the premier said his government is in talks with the Chinese leadership to set up more power plants to meet the country’s energy demands.

“It is a big achievement that we have laid foundation of various power plants in less than a year since we came to power,” Sharif pointed out.

The premier remarked that he was not just responsible to bridge the current demand and supply gap but also responsible for ensuring that electricity requirement for the next 20 years were met as well.

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