ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said peace was vital for elimination of poverty and unemployment.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Byco oil refinery in Hub, Balochistan, he said development and prosperity of Balochistan was part of government policy. “The government is making all possible efforts to make Gwadar Port functional,” he noted.
He said the government would make it free trade port that will benefit not only Pakistan, but also the whole region. Nawaz Sharif said Gwadar would be linked to Central Asia through different routes, adding that work on motorway from Gwadar to Quetta and onward to Ratto Dero was underway.
He said the project would be completed at all costs, adding that law and order situation in Balochistan and Karachi was improving. “We are committed to eliminating terrorism from the country, especially in Balochistan,” he said.
Prime Minister Sharif said Balochistan would be made an “abode of peace”. On Karachi situation, he said all the culprits involved in Safoora incident had been arrested. He said Operation Zarb-e-Azb was going in the right direction, and temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) were going back to their homes.
He said the government would overcome energy crisis by 2017. “Many power projects are underway in the power sector. Coal power plants are being established in Thar, while another power plant having capacity of 1,320 (megawatts) MW electricity is also being established at Port Qasim. Solar-based power projects are also being set up that will help to overcome power shortage in the country,” he noted.