Free, fair & transparent elections prerequisite for democracy: PM Abbasi

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Free, fair & transparent elections pre-requisit for strong democracy: PM Abbasi
Free, fair & transparent elections pre-requisit for strong democracy: PM Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday said that cause of the strong democracy demands free, fair and transparent elections.
Speaking in the last session of the National Assembly in Islamabad today, he said neither the Government nor the opposition would accept any suggestion for delaying general elections.
The Prime Minister said timely holding of elections is constitutional requirement and we would not allow even a day’s delay in the conduct of polls.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi proposed national dialogue to define relationship among institutions and forge consensus on critical issues.
Highlighting government performance in the National Assembly, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said security situation has greatly improved as our valiant armed forces have successfully defeated the menace of terrorism and restored peace in the country.
He said peace was also established in Karachi which is result of consensus among the political parties and a success story of democracy.
The Prime Minister said economy of the country has been revamped and a growth rate of about six percent has been achieved. He said today Pakistan has become an investment destination of all foreign and local investors. He said radical tax reforms have been introduced while energy crisis overcame due to prudent policies of the government.
He said government initiated projects will ensure sufficient availability of electricity by 2030. He said one hundred and fourteen new gas discoveries were recorded in our tenure. He said today gas is available to every consumer in Pakistan. He said supply of gas will be made available by 2020 through Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the government has brought a revolution in internal and regional connectivity. He said 1700 kilometers long motorways have either been completed or in completion phase across Pakistan. He said western corridor will open up Balochistan.
Earlier, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said the Lower House has passed record 187 laws in last five years.
Giving his last speech in the assembly, he said this parliament has passed 57 new laws, six finance acts, five constitution amendments, three amendments (repeal) and eighty-two amendments were made in existing laws. He said for the first time seven acts were passed in joint sitting whereas thirty private bills became laws during the tenure of this assembly.
He thanked the opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah, parliamentary leaders of political parties, women lawmakers, opposition and treasury benches for their cooperation in running business of the house.
He also thanked staff of the National Assembly for their contribution for smooth sailing in affairs of the House.
The speaker announced shields among for parliamentary leaders and appreciation certificates for all members of the House.
He also appreciated media persons for giving comprehensive coverage to proceedings of the parliament and highlighting positive image of the House. Rising on points of order, members lauded the Speaker for running business of the house in an amicable manner.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab has said the parliament is going to complete its five years term with the cooperation of all the law makers for their commitment to strengthen democracy in the country. He said the government enjoyed opposition support in getting several bills passed from the House.
Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada offered Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to contest next general election from his native constituency. He urged youth to highlight good things of Pakistan on social media.
Shireen Mazari said PTI has played opposition role very effectively. She said we have learnt a good experience during our tenure in the House.
Imran Khattak said he is going to complete his term with good and bitter memories for being a part of this august House.

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