Pakistan’s future lies in democracy: PM

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

KARACHI:Reiterating the PML-N government’s unwavering resolve towards strengthening and taking forward democracy in the country, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Wednesday said that Pakistan’s future lied in democracy and there were no choices.
“Elections will be held in August next year… Our future lies in democracy. There are no choices here,” the prime minister emphatically stated while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the first unit of 1320 MW coal-fired power project here at Port Qasim. The first unit will produce 660 MW of electricity.
Prime Minister Abbasi said, “We have a vibrant democracy; we have freedom of expression; we have free media; and together the institutions of state have delivered for the people of Pakistan.” “We may have difference of opinion; we may have Dharnas (sit-ins); we may have differences; but the institutions of state have stood together to defeat terrorism and reject extremism,” he maintained.
Prime Minister Abbasi said the US$ 2 billion 1320 MW coal-fired power project, initiated under the China Pakistan
Economic Corridor (CPEC), reflected the vision of Chinese President Xi Jinping and former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz
Sharif.He said the 660 MW first unit of the project had been completed in 30 months – ahead of schedule – and he had been
assured that the second unit of 660 MW would also be completed ahead of the schedule and to be inaugurated in February
2018.
The prime minister said the 1320 MW coal power project, jointly developed by Power China Resources Limited and Al Mirqab Capital of Qatar, was not only producing the cheapest power, but also was an environment-friendly.
He said the completion of the first unit of coal-fired power project was a significant milestone in CPEC, and for that both
Power China Resources Limited and Al Mirqab Capital should be congratulated.
The prime minister said Pakistan was fully committed to CPEC, which was bound not only to push economic growth and prosperity in the country but was also creating job opportunities for the youth.
Highlighting the government’s performance during the last over four years, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said, when the PML-N government came into power in 2013, the country was facing severe power shortages and there were blackouts of up to 16
hours daily.
“Now I can say with full confidence that Pakistan has surplus power generation,” he added.
He said the PML-N government launched various power projects and completed them, adding, even the 400 MW Nandi
Pur power project, which was lingering on over the last ten years, was completed by the present government. “This is the reality
of PML-N government,” he remarked.– APP

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