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Journey of progress & prosperity stopped through fake elections in 2018: PM Shehbaz Sharif

Journey of progress & prosperity stopped through fake elections in 2018: PM Shehbaz Sharif
April 15, 2023 Web Desk

LAHORE (APP) - Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday said that there existed economic challenges but the nation would have to decide whether they would live on foreign debts or to stand on its feet by carving a niche among the comity of nations with honesty, dedication and hard work.

The prime minister was addressing a ceremony after reviewing the construction work on six-lane overhead bridge of Imamia Colony railways crossing Shahdra N-5.

He said that the journey of progress and prosperity was stopped through the fake elections in 2018.

The PM also criticized former chief justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar for staying different projects in the province, including the issue of 56 companies. He said that in these proceedings, not a single penny of corruption was proved. "Saqib Nisar banned the PML-N projects so that the PML-N should not win the elections," he added.

The prime minister expressed the optimism that despite different challenges, Pakistan would be soon out of all difficulties. "If the chronic issue of load shedding, the scourge of terrorism could end, free medicines could be provided to the poor, road infrastructure could be laid, then surely, the country could move on the path of progress and prosperity," he added.

He said that those nations always achieved milestones that took lead with definite decisions over their future.

"The country was not created to move on debts and act like beggar because their forefathers and different generations had given sacrifices for the motherland," he added.

The prime minister referred to the terms of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for seeking loan agreement and said that they did every effort to implement them. "Even, they sought bilateral financial support from the friendly nations including China that realized their problems and provided a rollover of US$2 billion loan besides, returning back previous debt amount paid back by Pakistan."

The prime minister also expressed his gratitude to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He lauded the efforts of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and the chief of army staff for making efforts in this regard.

The ceremony was attended by Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, parliamentarians, chief secretary, National Highway Authority chairman and relevant authorities.