ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro has said that the determination of the government and the people to see a stable and progressive Pakistan is stronger than the intents of the forces which want to de-stabilize the political process. The phenomenon of extremism is a common challenge for the entire nation including the political parties, which has to be confronted with commitment to ensure that the general elections are held in a peaceful and transparent manner, he said while talking to the Senators who met him individually at the Prime Minister Secretariat.
The Prime Minister said that free, fair, transparent and peaceful election would bring about political and economic stability which would enhance the pace of development. It is therefore incumbent upon each and every citizen of this country to contribute his best in foiling the evil designs of those who do not wish to see a prosperous Pakistan, he said. He said that besides extremism the country is faced with some other challenges like shortage of energy. The government, he said, is making the best efforts to expand the sources of energy but it would take time before reaching a stage of self sufficiency. The best course for the present government is to focus on conservation efforts so that the economic activities continue, he added.
Regarding the issue of availability of Atta in the markets, the Prime Minister reiterated that those elements involved in hoarding and black marketing would be dealt with strongly. The government, he said, has established the National Food Security Commission to ensure equitable and transparent distribution of wheat to the Flour Mills and subsequent availability of Atta in the market including the utility stores.
He said that the government has taken appropriate measures to ensure law and order during the month of Muharram and called upon all the religious leaders to support the efforts for ensuring peace and harmony in the society. The government, he said, is also making a focused approach to ensure that law and order is not disrupted during the period up to the general elections and beyond. He also called upon the people in general and political workers in particular to follow the discipline announced by the Election Commission as well as the Ministry of Interior so that the political process moves smoothly towards its conclusion and an elected government takes control of the national affairs.
The Senators apprised the Prime Minister of the prevailing socio-economic situation in different parts of the country and gave proposals to help over come some of the problems. They assured that they would exert their influence to help streamline government’s efforts to meet the challenges in the best national interest. The Senators also appreciated the steps being taken by the government to ensure peace and stability, in the country. The Senators who met the Prime Minister included Senator Maulana Sami ul Haq, Senator Razina Alam Khan, Senator Waqar Ahmad Khan and Senator Israr Ullah Zehri.-SANA