Pakistan’s PM Calls for Tight Coordination to Ensure Peace During Muharram

Wed Jul 10 2024
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has stressed the need for close coordination between the federal and provincial governments to ensure peace and security during the holy month of Muharram.

During a cabinet meeting in Islamabad today, he said that institutions such as NACTA should ensure the timely sharing of information and intelligence between the center and provinces.

Sharif underscored the importance of promoting national unity and harmony, reiterating his call for deep structural reforms to steer the country in the right direction.

He personally pledged to oversee the process of downsizing and restructuring, emphasizing zero tolerance for delays.  “I will not tolerate any delays. Our focus must be on delivering results for the country, efficiently managing resources, and resolving issues,” said the Prime Minister.

Sharif highlighted plans for the complete overhaul of the PWD, noting the identification of an alternative system.

During the meeting, Shehbaz Sharif urged ministries to intensify efforts to meet national expectations and emphasized strict adherence to the government’s downsizing agenda.

The Prime Minister instructed the Ministry of Commerce to devise a strategy to achieve a $60 billion export target, with a specific aim to boost IT exports to $25 billion over the next five years.

Shehbaz Sharif hailed the initiative to solarize 28,000 tube-wells in Balochistan as a significant step towards saving foreign exchange and providing affordable electricity to farmers.

He mentioned the redirection of fifty billion rupees from the development budget to provide relief to electricity consumers using up to 200 units for three months.

Furthermore, the premier emphasized the need to create fiscal space through additional measures, addressing significant financial leakages, including those amounting to Rs. 1.2 trillion at Karachi Port.

The Prime Minister also briefed the cabinet on his recent visits to Tajikistan and Kazakhstan and meeting with world leaders. Shehbaz Sharif announced the formation of a committee led by Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal to follow up on these interactions.

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