VIDEO: PM Nawaz pays surprise visit to two commercial centres in Islamabad

Published: February 8, 2015
PM Nawaz speaks to a child at G-10 market on Sunday, February 8, 2015. PHOTO: INP

PM Nawaz speaks to a child at G-10 market on Sunday, February 8, 2015. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: In what appeared to be the first visit of its kind since taking office, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday paid surprise visits to two commercial centres of Islamabad to check the prices of commodities being sold there.

The premier, who usually spends his weekend in Raiwind, spent around 40 minutes in Aabpara market and then at G-10 Markaz. Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) MNA from the federal capital, accompanied him along with some security officials.

Prime minister on the occasion interacted with the people and inquired about the prices of items of daily use, including fruits and vegetables.

Though majority of the people got overwhelmed after seeing the prime minister standing among them without the usual, multi-layered security and took pictures on their mobile phones; a few of them of pointed out that prices of all the commodities did not fall.

“The prices of clothes/garments have gone up,” said a lady who had recently retired from the KRL while talking to the PM at G-10 Markaz.

A government employee told the premier that transporters in Islamabad had not passed on the relief to commuters after a reduction in prices of petroleum products.

“Your efforts are going in vain,”he said.

The prime minister assured to take notice of this situation.

He also inquired from the vendors about the prices of vegetables and fruits, which they said had decreased.

Addressing on the occasion, the premier said he had come to see the impact of government’s public-friendly measures, i.e. fall in POL prices.

“It is heartening to know that prices of commodities have come down,” he added.

He further said that his government is working hard to address multifaceted issues faced by the country, including energy shortage, unemployment, etc.

“Gas shortage would end in the next two years,” Nawaz committed while saying that the issue of electricity shortage would also be addressed during his government’s term.

He also issued instructions to Dr Chaudhry to address the issues such as sewerage when a trader invited attention towards the dilapidated situation of the market including footpaths.

“We are working to improve the infrastructure of Islamabad,” he added.

The people present there highly appreciated the visits, and lauded the government’s decision of bringing down petroleum product prices.

Prices have fallen

Addressing the gathering, a shopkeeper said potatoes were being sold at Rs30 per kilo against Rs80 two months back. Likewise, the price of onions now stood at Rs30; tomatoes are being sold at Rs70; carrot at Rs30 whereas cauliflower is available at Rs25 per kg, added the vendor.

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  • Fawad
    Feb 8, 2015 - 7:11PM

    Good to know that he got time to stay in Pakistan over the weekend. Pakistan is not one of his favorite vacation place. Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 8, 2015 - 7:22PM

    Well done PM! Recommend

  • A-No.1
    Feb 8, 2015 - 7:23PM

    “Gas shortage would end in the next two years,” Nawaz committed while saying that the issue of electricity shortage would also be addressed during his government’s term.”

    Now havent we heard all these promises by the brothers numerous times in the last two years.

    Mr. PM stop these photo ops and do some real work for the masses.Recommend

  • Feb 8, 2015 - 7:26PM

    Emperor Nawaz Sharif slumming among the populace. Too little too late.
    Vizier Shahbaz Sharif nowhere to be seen. Recommend

  • Anarchist
    Feb 8, 2015 - 7:37PM

    Nawaz doing a Shahbaz in Islamabad:)

    Why did not he took a round during the oil shortage crisis to see how people were doing? Topi drama.Recommend

  • Razzak
    Feb 8, 2015 - 7:44PM

    Salute to Mr. PM. Never heard of Zardari, Musharraf or Imran Khan doing anything as such other than politics for their personal gains.Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 8, 2015 - 8:04PM

    peoples are not paying a deaf ear, what are they, keep it up, last three years Recommend

  • Humza
    Feb 8, 2015 - 8:23PM

    @A-No.1: At least PM Nawaz Sharif is trying and prices of things are going down. Musharraf stayed for 10 years and did not add 1 MW electricity to the national grid and you want Nawaz Sharif to fix everything in 2 years? At least Nawaz is on the right track with improving electricity and infrastructure.Recommend

  • salman
    Feb 8, 2015 - 8:23PM

    Thanks to PTI, nawaz is forced to come onto the streets. Wish he had also come out during the petrol crises instead of hiding in his palace in muree. Maybe trip to APS school next? Recommend

  • Saad
    Feb 8, 2015 - 8:44PM

    @Hasan Abdal wala:

    He’s busy oiling metro busses’ enginesRecommend

    Feb 8, 2015 - 8:56PM

    Great job, but you have forgotten to find the route to APS and the houses of innocent Shaheed children .. hope you find courage and the will .. as there is no cash profit to your business in such a visit. Recommend

  • Yahya
    Feb 8, 2015 - 8:58PM

    Nothing PM does pleases PTI supporters. It is there hate that blinds them from acknowledging good done by others. I am a PTI voter and such hatred preached by the top down to PTI supporters by its leaders is the reason why I feel my vote may have been wasted. PM did a good thing and deserves due acknowledgement.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 8, 2015 - 9:07PM

    Now that’s a statesman and our leader!

    Nawaz Sharif Zindabad!Recommend

  • Jan
    Feb 9, 2015 - 12:02AM

    in Pakistan there are thousands of markets like G10 Islamabad market. For the PM of the country this is impossible to visit all the markets and we the people dont demand him to visit there, but we demand to make a system how to control the prices in the markets all over the country. Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Feb 9, 2015 - 12:45AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:

    Now that’s a statesman and our leader!

    Now that is a perfect darbari licking boots, pure and simple!Recommend

  • willed
    Feb 9, 2015 - 12:47AM

    fake PM. Raheel is realRecommend

  • elohssaehtzawan
    Feb 9, 2015 - 1:16AM

    Aww bless. The kid in the picture is so surprised to see his hero….

    ..shrek. Recommend

  • Igloo
    Feb 9, 2015 - 1:16AM

    @Razzak: Put down the bottle. These publicity stunts are just a waste of time.Recommend

  • Salman
    Feb 9, 2015 - 1:25AM

    OMG! The Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan made a visit to a well known market in the capital city of the Islamic Republic Of Pakistan for a photo shoot. This is so incredibly awesome and shows what a great Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is and because of this selfless and generous move, I will sell all my property and assets in the name of Nawaz Sharif. Generations after generations will be told of this great move by Nawaz the Great and every 8 of February the entire nation will chant ‘Sher Aya’ ‘Sher Aya’ to commemorate this great moment in time.Recommend

  • khaptaan
    Feb 9, 2015 - 2:04AM

    guys dont bother PTI supporters spreading hate, its just that they following there leader n doing what he does, criticise. Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 9, 2015 - 2:51AM

    For that look no further than debacle of army and PTI . Recommend

  • samar javed
    Feb 9, 2015 - 4:12AM

    funniest part, when father urges his child to raise slogan for nawaz…

    “wasiay tau aap k bohot naaray lagata hai”…Recommend

  • Uday
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:49AM

    What hypocrisy!. He is an alien creature living by photosynthesis. He has to go to the market and ask vendors to know vegetable prices.Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 9, 2015 - 8:20AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Statesman: a person which make opinion, and people’s follow him
    Politician: a person which follow opinion made by peoples
    Business mafia: use the politics as a tool for his vested interests, and do business at the expense of miseries of peoples
    Now you can better decide where engineer mian sb fallRecommend

  • raider
    Feb 9, 2015 - 8:27AM

    stupidity and slavery are limitless Recommend

  • Feb 9, 2015 - 8:41AM

    Keeping aside tons of political differences; I appreciate this as contacting people like this is something we are lacking for years. If we try to find out bad out of it; we can find that from anything but we shouldn’t be that much biased to criticize unnecessarily.Recommend

  • Asad
    Feb 9, 2015 - 9:08AM

    The surprised visit must have been communicated first to CDA, police and PMLN local chapter. Recommend

  • Ebaad
    Feb 9, 2015 - 9:20AM

    Mr. PM your job description demands you to layout a system that keeps a check on the prices of Aaloo, Gajar and Timaatar. A mere Photoshop stunt wont be enough to redeem your miserably dwindling popularity.
    Just a reminder.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 9, 2015 - 10:02AM

    Just a couple of words for the disciples of a cult – GET A LIFERecommend

  • Liar Liar!
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:12AM

    Its amusing how consistently the current government is taking credit for the POL Prices. They have actually increased taxes during the past two years so the decrease is not only solely due to international slump but the decrease is less than it should have been.

    Dear Mr. PM, you are a fortunate man to gain the position while world is recovering from the economic crisis and oil prices do not threaten our economic stability as they were doing in past seven years. A marginally better performance than PPP is not too much to ask. Your input in current lowering of inflation is not only zero it is actually negative. From lowering prices to increasing power production and breaking kashkol you have renegaded on all your promises.

    These photoops do not fool anyone, the areas were probably overwhelmed with security before you came giving shopkeepers sufficient notice to charge proper prices. There is an invention called newspaper and a government department called Pakistan Bureau of Statistics for you to see if any reduction in prices has actually taken place. Make use of them and do cause ordinary citizens further inconvenience by hampering their daily activities.Recommend

  • Punjab
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:38AM

    And expression of the kid tells you that he was planted for this photo shoot.Recommend

  • Mir Ali
    Feb 9, 2015 - 3:38PM

    He is yet to pay condolences to the victimized families Shikarpur attack, how callous of us that we have already forget that !Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 9, 2015 - 5:10PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    first decide about yourself
    “Now that’s a statesman and our leader!
    Nawaz Sharif Zindabad!”

  • Saud
    Feb 11, 2015 - 12:00AM

    Now that’s a statesman and our leader!
    Nawaz Sharif Zindabad!Recommend

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