Economics & Business

Govt working to improve economic indicators: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said the government was working hard to improve the economic indicators so as to provide relief package to the poorest of the poor in the next budget. He was talking to newsmen on board his special aircraft on way back home from Sharm-el-Sheikh after attending a meeting of World Economic Forum. The Prime Minister said his biggest concern was how to provide relief to the people in the wake of the rising prices of consumers items.

About his meetings with various world leaders, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said he discussed with President Bush international food crisis, Pakistan’s growing energy needs, defence cooperation and war against terror. He said President Bush assured him to assist Pakistan for the development of energy, education and social sectors.The Prime Minister said he stressed the need for greater cooperation between the security and intelligence agencies to check the menace of terrorism.

To a question, the Prime Minister said during meeting with President Bush, the US leader said the Kashmir issue was ripe for solution. He asked Mr. Bush that the United States should play its role for the resolution of the issue as it was doing in the case of Israelis and Palestinians. He said until the core issue of Kashmir was resolved close relationship between the two neighboring countries cannot be established.

He said the Egyptian President and the Prime Minister during their meeting showed keen interest to invest in Pakistan in real estate sector. He said Jordan was interested to seek cooperation from Pakistan in the civilian nuclear energy. The Prime Minister said Saudi Arabia was interested to immediately invest in agriculture sector in Pakistan. He said ministers from the two countries would meet soon to finalize the details.

Replying to a question, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said PPP was committed to the restoration of the deposed Judges. Experts were working out details about the modalities in this connection. He said he and PPP Co-Chairman Mr. Asif Ali Zardari will be meeting soon to discuss political developments and other issues. He said world business and economic leaders at the forum showed their keen interest to invest in various sectors in Pakistan.-SANA

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