ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that people have given their mandate to moderate forces in the country and we have accepted to meet the various challenges facing the country by forming a broad based government in the country. The Prime Minister said this while talking to a delegation of Pakistani Americans Public Affairs Committee and a delegation of prominent Pakistanis in the UK who called on him here in Prime Minister’s House on Thursday.
The Prime Minister said that the two major priorities of his government are improving the law and order and security situation in the country and reviving the economy. He said the government is fully conscious that conducive conditions have to be created to accelerate the pace of economic development and to encourage domestic and foreign investment in the country.
The Prime Minister said that the government has adopted three pronged strategy to deal with the threat of terrorism and extremism by initiating political dialogue with those elements who have joined the mainstream political activity after laying down arms, by accelerating economic uplift of these areas and by resorting to the military track if agreements are violated.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan cannot allow a handful of extremists to impose their version of Islam on the moderate majority especially when their version militates against Islam’s eternal message of peace, moderation, tolerance and universal brotherhood. The Prime Minister said his government is engaged in the process of strengthening democratic norms, establishing parliamentary supremacy and restoring the 1973 Constitution so that the democracy is not derailed in the future.
The Prime Minister said that PPP is a truly federal party and his unanimous election being a non-Bhutto and a non-Sindhi is living proof of it. The Prime Minister asked the delegation leaders to help project the true and correct image of Islam and Pakistan and make sustained efforts to dispel the misperceptions about our faith and the country in the West by involving the Pakistan community.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan is also in need of Foreign Direct Investment especially in power generation and construction of dams. He asked the delegation to familiarize the business communities in the US & UK with the investor-friendly policies of the government in order to encourage and promote foreign investment in Pakistan.
The delegation leaders extended their warm felicitation to the Prime Minister on his election as the Prime Minister and the rebirth of democracy in Pakistan. They said that the Prime Minister carries the hopes and aspirations not only of the Pakistanis but of the entire Western world. They said that they were impressed by the policies of the elected government and would extend their full support to them in the policy-making and influential circles in the US and UK. The delegation comprised of Dr. Raza Bokhari, President PAK PAC, Mr. Pervez Lodhi, Mr. Farid Khan, Mr. Muhammad Irshad Khokhar and Dr. Shahid Tahir. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Nasim Ashraf, Chairman NCHD. -SANA