ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that people spreading hatred and sectarianism would be tried in military courts.
“Swift justice is key to eradicate the menace of terrorism,” the prime minister said. “Those terrorising society in the name of religion will be brought to justice.”
Addressing a business delegation at the President House along with President Mamnoon Hussain, the prime minister said that energy and terrorism were the two major challenges that the government faced and that the government was taking all possible measures to meet those challenges.
The prime minister was at the President House to meet business community delegation, prior to which he had a one-on-one meeting with the President.
The PM said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb has played an important role in dismantling the terror infrastructure, adding that the government had to take the step of the 21st Amendment and the amendment in the Army Act to tackle terrorism.
“Under the national action plan another Zarb-e-Azb is being launched to make the country peaceful,” the PM added. “These decisions have been taken in national interest and should have been taken earlier.”
Infrastructure a priority
The prime minister informed that a motorway will be built from Lahore to Karachi, adding that infrastructure development is a major priority of the government. “Our priority is to increase electricity generation as soon as possible to meet the rising demand.”
“LNG imports will help us in meeting energy demands,” the prime minister added.
Minister of Commerce, Minister for Water and Power, and Minister of Petroleum were also present.
The business delegation gave suggestions to the PM and President.
The meeting was informed that overseas Pakistanis were sending $25 billion annually through all channels combined. The PM added that steps would be taken to attract overseas Pakistanis to invest in Pakistan.
The Commerce Minister informed that Free Trade Agreement (FTA) 2 was being negotiated with China to safeguard Pakistan’s interest, and that it would be independent of FTA 1 signed nine years ago.
“The FBR should consider decreasing tax rates to encourage more people to pay taxes so that more revenue is collected,” the PM added. He also asked FBR chairperson Tariq Bajwa to hold a meeting with members of the business community to sort out their issues and apprise him personally on the outcome.