Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that Parliament is the democratic institution that reflects the will of the people. The Prime Minister expressed these views while talking to ANP delegation led by Senator Haji Adeel, who called on him at his Parliament House Chamber.
The Prime Minister said that economic team of the Government is working relentlessly to identify options as well as solutions for the economic challenges. We are consulting all the stakeholders and political partners he said, to find long lasting solutions.Despite economic constraints, he added the Government is focusing on the completion of development projects in war torn areas of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa.
The Prime Minister observed that the Government of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa particularly the people have suffered in the war against terrorism yet they heroically faced this menace.
The Prime Minister agreed with ANP delegation over wider parliamentary ownership for economic reforms. The Government he added, is taking hard decisions for the future generations and not for next elections or political point scoring. He appreciated ANP for their steadfastness as coalition partners through thick and thin and supporting the policies and decisions of the Government in greater national interest.
The delegation lauded the Prime Minister for his political sagacity and assured the support of their party in formulating policies to overcome economic challenges. The delegation included Senator Zahid Khan, Senator Afraseab Khattak and MNAs, Ms. Bushra Gohar, Mr. Hafeez Sheikh, Minister of Finance, Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister of Privatization and Syed Khursheed Shah, Minister of Religious Affairs were also present in the meeting.
Earlier ANP has called for constitution of parliamentary committee representing all political parties to evolve national consensus adding PML-N 10-point agenda is insufficient to address the national issues. Third session of talks between PPP and ANP was held in parliament house with reference to PML-N 10-point agenda. Government side was represented by finance minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, senator Raza Rabbani, Naveed Qamar and deputy chairman planning commission while ANP team comprised senator Haji Adeel, Afrasyab Khattak, Zahid Khan and Bushra Gohar.
Talking to media men after session, finance minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh said government was continuing talks process with other political parties to steer the country out of economic crisis. Talks held with ANP remained productive, he stated. ANP had floated several proposals during the talks, he told. “We want to continue dialogue process for the sake of economic reforms so that vital decisions could be taken with unanimity of views”, he remarked.
Senator Haji Adeel said his party did not have any difference with PML-N over its 10-point agenda but these points are not sufficient to address the problems facing small provinces. Country could not make progress on economic front unless terrorism was eliminated, he urged.
Pakistan is not only for PPP and PML-N but it is for all of us, he underlined. Law and order situation was worse in Balochistan and Baloch people were estranged with us, he added. Reforms were needed in FATA, he urged. Agriculture tax be levied besides broadening tax net, ANP leader demanded. -ONLINE