Nov 192017
PM inaugurates 2nd LNG gas terminal at Port Qasim

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the government is committed to resolve the issue of energy shortage and has successfully reduced the gap between demand and supply both in the electricity and natural gas.Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the second Liquefied Natural Gas terminal at the Port Qasim, the Prime Minister said work was going on several power projects to overcome the challenge in shortest possible time.The terminal has been completed in a short time at a cost of fifty billion rupees.He said there was a huge potential for investment in the LNG sector as the country has a huge market for natural gas.Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the LNG was the cheapest fuel available in the country and would adequately meet the requirements of the commercial, industrial, domestic and the CNG sectors.He said the challenge of power shortages has been addressed with the import of the LNG and more LNG terminals will be set up in future.He said a coal based power plant of one thousand three hundred megawatt is under-construction while more plants are also in pipeline.The Prime Minister said that three gas based power plants will soon be initiated in the country.He said government has successfully completed all the projects that we had started and completion of second LNG terminal in a short time is also a proof.Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the industry is growing with five point three percent of GDP which is expected to rise to six percent in the next financial year.He said the demand [Read More…]

Nov 042017

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has called Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi ‘spineless’, saying he had never seen a prime minister as coward as him. Addressing a rally in Khanewal on Saturday evening, Khan lashed out at PM Abbasi for “not taking a stand against corruption” within his own party. Sharif, Zardari assets exceed country’s debt, claims Imran PTI chief advised the premier to use his position to counter corruption. The masses, he added, have resolved to bring about a change in the country. “I have witnessed the country plunging down the scale of poverty while the rulers took turns to assume power and become billionaires,” he maintained. According to Khan, the situation in the country had been worsening as ‘criminals’ continued their rule. The post ‘Never seen a spineless, coward PM as Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’: Imran appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 232017
Economic security

This refers to the article, ‘Unsound projects’ (Oct 22), by Dr Farrukh Saleem. The writer has pointed out a few projects whose cost has been escalated due to the inefficiency of those who were entrusted with the responsibility of managing these projects. A few examples of such projects that are called ‘unsound’ by the writer are: The 27-kilometre Orange Line train in Lahore – a project that is expected to result in an annual loss of Rs14 billion. The Sahiwal Coal Power Project whose cost is estimated at $956 million of which $723 million is debt. The New Islamabad Airport project that has gone from Rs37 billion to over Rs100 billion and hasn’t been completed to date. The writer has rightly said that there is no need of using missiles, tanks and other weapons of war against one’s enemy. Unsound economic projects, enforced austerity by the IMF and massive debt are all sufficient to do the job and can be termed as the new weapons of war. So before the country is buried under further layers of debts, wouldn’t it be prudent if some sort of check is imposed on such misadventures? The best check would be through the formation of a national security council under the supervision of the PM, where all these projects should be discussed. This council should approve a project after analysing it from every angle. Air-Cdre (r) Azfar A Khan (Karachi) Click for detailed story

Oct 172017

Veteran politician and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa has accepted Asif Ali Zardari’s invitation to join the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Speaking to media at Khosa’s residence late on Tuesday night, Khosa said that he appreciated Zardari’s visit and that he had never heard of a federal party leader visiting the residence of a rival party’s leader. “I am very grateful that Zardari has shown confidence in me. If it were up to me, I would have announced that I am joining the PPP right now, but I will make a formal announcement after consulting other friends,” he said. “I have a long standing relationship with Zardari,” Khosa said, adding that owing to his strong connections in all provinces, Zardari will not be disappointed by his decision of extending the invitation. Khosa reiterated that this was not the same PML-N for which he had faced hardships or made sacrifices. “I sidelined myself from the party’s affairs after the general elections in 2013. I have suffered and struggled for the party more than even the Sharifs themselves. I was facing jail time while they were living in palaces abroad. They still pushed me out of the party,” he said. NRO implementation case: Zardari invites allies ahead of PM’s court appearance Zardari, said he wanted to work with Khosa and use his experience for the country’s best interest. “I do not want to speak against anybody but the damage being done to the country will be difficult to repair. [Read More…]

Sep 292017
Fate of Fata

It is heartening to note that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has reassured that bringing Fata at par with other regions of the country and the permanent rehabilitation of temporarily displaced people remained top priority of the government. According to some media reports, during a briefing by Ministry of SAFRON held a couple of days back at the prime minister’s office, Abbasi asserted that the people of tribal areas have paid the heaviest price in the war on terror. He said that these people have rendered huge sacrifices for a national cause. During the meeting, the PM reviewed various measures being taken for the mainstreaming of Fata and bringing the people of the tribal areas at par with rest of the country through socio-economic development and uplift projects. It is good to note that out of the 237,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) now remain only 16,000 families which are to be rehabilitated. Around Rs53 billion have been spent for the permanent rehabilitation of displaced persons. This good work should be continued with all sincerity and commitment. The prime minister should review the progress on a periodical basis in order to keep a strict check and balance on the work performed. Asim Munir (Rawalpindi) Click for detailed story

Sep 232017
At the UN

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s speech at the UN General Assembly session was balanced and comprehensive. He covered all important issues – from the Afghan policy to the Kashmir issue. He also highlighted the plight of the Rohingya. The best thing about his speech was that he candidly declared, without mentioning any country, that Pakistan will not become a scapegoat for any one for the abject failure in Afghanistan. On the other, while talking about the Kashmir issue, he did not mince words and clearly stated that India has been committing human rights violation in the valley while simultaneously carrying out unprovoked firing at the border to antagonise Pakistan . The PM’s interview with CNN also went pretty great. It is quite evident that with more exposure and experience, our PM can turn into a good leader. Since he is a well-educated and seasoned parliamentarian, he must use his own judgment to tackle difficult national issues. It is hoped that the PM will serve his country to the best of his ability. Zaheer Ahmed Islamabad   ***** The prime minister must be applauded for raising the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session. This serious issue needs to be highlighted at every international forum. India’s continuous atrocities and unprovoked firing have aggravated the situation in the Valley. The recent unprovoked shelling on working boundary resulted in the killing of innocent civilians including women and children. This unforgivable violence calls for constitutional measures by the world’s human rights and peacekeeping [Read More…]

Sep 182017
PM reaches US to address UNGA

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who arrived here on Monday would be highlighting Pakistan’s case on Kashmir besides other significant issues in his maiden appearance at the United… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Aug 152017
CPEC game changer not only for Pakistan but entire region: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has maintained that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a game changer not only for Pakistan but the entire region. The CPEC projects are… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

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