No independence without economic freedom: PM Shehbaz Sharif

Prime Minister Shehbaz addressing the nation on the eve of the country’s 75th Independence Day, August 13, 2022.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said on Saturday evening that the government in place was committed to bringing the country to economic autonomy. He said the concept of independence was not possible without economic freedom.

“To achieve this goal, as Leader of the Opposition, I had proposed the Democracy Charter and today, as Prime Minister, I am repeating the same offer with sincerity,” the Prime Minister said in his televised address to the nation on the eve of the 75th anniversary. of Pakistan’s independence, said. The prime minister said it was high time the nation continued on its path in the right direction and national interests were not sacrificed in the name of selfishness and stubbornness. “We must remember that real political leaders, instead of aiming for elections, are looking after the future of generations to come,” he said. The Prime Minister said that unfortunately the nation was facing a new crisis of disappointment as certain elements sowed the seeds of disunity and hatred. “They are making nefarious efforts to create disunity and division within the nation,” he said, adding that the economic crisis created by the previous government has worsened the situation and economic dependence has become the national identity.

The Prime Minister stressed that the country and the nation are facing brutal facts that can be braved with political stability, national unity, economic and political stability and we must rebuild Pakistan with the same spirit with which it has was created. He said that the current government, under a policy of unnecessary import controls, has led to an appreciation of the Pakistani rupee against the US dollar. He said the country was importing billions of dollars in fuel to generate expensive electricity, but the incumbent government had started planning solar megaprojects to generate electricity at lower tariffs. “On the one hand, we will save billions of dollars by not importing fuel and, on the other hand, consumers will be supplied with electricity at cheaper rates,” he said.

Shehbaz Sharif said he showed both sides of the images, but the output was hidden in strong faith and commitment. “There are opportunities at every stage, but there is a need for commitment and will to take advantage of these opportunities,” he said, adding that the government in power had already started to strive to meet the challenges and worked day and night to bring the country out of the crisis. “Our fight for economic recovery continues and thanks to it, Pakistan has been saved from bankruptcy,” he said.

He pointed out that the last government left behind a record trade deficit of $48 billion and that to fill this deficit, the current government must seek loans from friendly countries and international financial institutions. “It is not true independence that the previous government received record loans of $20 billion in less than four years and paying interest on the same loan became difficult,” he said. . He said that Pakistan is self-sufficient in wheat but now the current government, due to the incompetence of the previous government, is forced to import the same commodity of billions of dollars.

Shehbaz Sharif further mentioned that the last government, while being criminally negligent, did not finalize a single deal for importing LNG at cheaper rates. “This is the reason for the current rise in electricity tariffs and load shedding in the country,” he said. He wondered at whose request the last government shut down the CPEC project and caused irreparable loss to the country’s economy. The Prime Minister paid tribute to the heroes and workers of the freedom movement and saluted all Pakistanis living across the world on the occasion of the country’s 75th independence anniversary. “It is undeniable that the history and creation of Pakistan is written with the blood of thousands of people,” he said.

But he said today that a simple greeting is not enough but it is necessary to embrace the true aims of Independence Day. “For the past 75 years, we have just celebrated Independence Day, Pakistan Day, Quaid-i-Azam Day and Allama Iqbal Day, but we have never embraced the true goals observation these days,” said the Prime Minister.

He regretted that the country had not been brought to such a stage where any Pakistani could say from the bottom of his heart that the souls of Quaid-i-Azam and the martyrs would be satisfied with what has been achieved during of the past 75 years. “That’s why I feel dissatisfaction,” he said, adding that it must be admitted that the younger generation cannot be passed on and receive what they deserve.

He observed that a nation enriched by the guidance of the Quaid and the thoughts of Iqbal is still searching for the destination and why the nation is facing many challenges including the economic crisis. “We are facing such a crisis because we have an amazing faith in our autonomy, our self-confidence and our self-respect,” he said, adding that national character is only possible with strength. courage, confidence and will to deliver and said that with the same spirit Pakistan was achieved. He said that the country’s political leaders have been advancing the goals of creating Pakistan with a democratic and constitutional struggle. “Political leaders did not close their eyes to facts, braved all challenges wisely and gave a consensual Constitution, brought the nation together, built institutions and advanced agriculture and industry and made Pakistan a respectable nation in the global community,” he said.

He recalled that it was the nation which, under the leadership of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, launched the nuclear program and then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif completed the nuclear program without yielding to any pressure, making the country’s defense invincible.

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, while mentioning the names of Arshad Nadeem and Nooh Butt who won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, said Pakistani men and women have distinguished themselves in sport at the level internationally as the same nation has jointly defeated the threat of terrorism. “These are some examples of faith and determination that our nation is capable of achieving all goals,” he said.


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