Pakistan can’t move forward without democracy: PM Abbasi

NAUSHAHRO FEROZE: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday said that democracy emerged as victorious on July 28, the day when Supreme Court of Pakistan ousted Nawaz Sharif over Panama Leaks case.

Addressing the participants in Naushahro Feroz, PM Abbasi said some people also thought that it was final journey of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) but the party survived.

The premier said that the country would benefit from the development projects for the next 50 years, adding: “Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz [as party] kept its promises of undertaking countrywide development projects.”

He said whatever is happening in politics today is miserable, adding that political decisions cannot be taken on roads.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that Pakistan’s economy is stronger than ever and every province is being given its rights. He said that the federal government not just made promises but served the country.

Abbasi said that they want the nation to progress. He added that that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is playing an important role in boosting the economy whereas motorways are being across Pakistan. He went on to say that unemployment is a national issue and employment opportunities are being provided to the youth.

The prime minister stated that the rights of all provinces were taken care of. He added that Chairman of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif is the only leader which talks about national development.

Abbasi further said that the issue of loadshedding in Pakistan has nearly been resolved.

Calling upon the Pakistan Peoples’ Party, Abbasi said that the opposition party should mull over consulting the Charter of Democracy signed by former premiers Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto back in 2005-06 to safeguard democracy in the country. “The public mandate must be respected,” he asserted.

The premier further said that the charter of democracy ensured rooting out ‘the politics of vendetta’ in the country. The prime minister hoped that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will improve the political standards of the country.

About the issue of unemployment, the Prime Minister said the public sector jobs should be given on the basis of merit.

He, however, said the government can only provide a limited number of jobs. He said the youth only get jobs when the economy is strong. We have increased the GDP growth rate to six percent which will definitely help the youth get jobs.