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Economic prosperity without political stability a pipedream: Prime Minister

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Islamabad, July 07, 2012 (PPI-OT): Notables from the constituency of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf met the Prime Minister at the PM House today to congratulate him. ‘We are proud of him because he is the first Prime Minister from the Potohar region and also that he is one of them who has risen to this top position due to his hard work and undiluted commitment to the ideology of the PPP and its founding leaders’, they said.

While talking to them, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan needed political continuity to become a stronger and respectable nation among the comity of the nations. Pakistan has vast natural resources, which are many times more than the oil rich countries of the world but could not be exploited due to the political uncertainty and disruption of the political process, the Prime Minister observed. Economic development and corresponding prosperity are intertwined with political stability, the Prime Minister observed.

The Prime Minister said that the copper and gold deposits in Balochistan buried under the vast areas, Thar coal reserves, the third largest in the world, about more than 40,000 MW potential of hydro power generation in GB, fertile land of the Punjab and yet ironically people of the country were stricken with energy deficiency and the vicious circle of poverty was sweeping across the country.

The Prime Minister said that it would be his utmost endeavour to rid the people of the torture of unscheduled load shedding at the minimum possible time as a short-tem measure, adding that the democratic government had also undertaken long term projects to resolve the problem on permanent basis. He said that power generation had improved and it would further improve in the near future leading to the target of no unscheduled load shedding in the country.

On the demand of the Pakistani expatriate community, the Prime Minister said that he had already issued instructions to the Ministry of Interior to provide the facility of machine readable passports to the overseas Pakistani at the earliest. It may be mentioned here that a large number of people hailing from district Jehlum live in the UK and other countries. They deserve the fair deal as they are sending billion of dollars back home and thus contributing a lot in the country’s economy, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said the hearts of the overseas Pakistani beat with Pakistan as its enthusiastic manifestation could be seen during the cricket matches either held in the Middle East, UK or across Atlantic where they chant slogans to encourage the country’s team and wave Pakistani flags right across the cricket ground.

On the demand of the notables, the Prime Minister said that construction of small dams in the Potohar region was the need of the hour to overcome the scarcity of water both for drinking and irrigation purposes.

The Prime Minister also underscored the importance of undertaking drive for forestation, soil conservation and saving the trees in the region to minimize the effects of climate change and also to restore the pastoral beauty of the landscape and its grandeur to a great extent.

The notables prayed for the success of the Prime Minister and expressed their confidence that he would succeed in overcoming the challenges facing the country.

They said that Gujar Khan had produced prominent personalities like Chief Justice of Pakistan, the Army Chief, two Nishan-e-Haider holders, Four-Star Generals and above all the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the first time in the history of the country.

The notables who attended the meeting included Zafar Chisti, Iftikhar Kayani, Raja Gustasab, Ch Aurangzab, Raja Fiaz, Shokat Qureshi, Raja Zahid Khursheed, Pir Miskeen Shah, Pir Makhdoom, Raja Muhammad Ishaq, Malik Sultan Akber, Tahir Mughal, Riasat Bhatti, Chairman Qayyum, Ch Sarfraz, Malik Abid Panjgraan, Tahir Raheel, Amir Khursheed, Iftikhar Bhatti, Munir, Kami, and Khalid Mazhar.

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