KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday called for concerted efforts to ensure the promotion of economic activities in Karachi.
“The country cannot progress without a strong economy and there is a lot of room for boosting the economy to lead the country on the road of progress and prosperity,” he said talking to a delegation of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Pakistan Business Council in Karachi.
He said the government would continue to pursue the policies of former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Members of the new cabinet were working hard to achieve the goals and objectives of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), he added.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that as a result of concerted efforts of the PML-N government and sacrifices of security forces, law and order had been restored in Karachi.
The Governor State Bank of Pakistan Tariq Bajwa and Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Tariq Mehmood Pasha also called on the PM and briefed him about the performance of their respective institutions.
During the meeting, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair were also present on the occasion.
Separately, chairing a meeting on law and order in Karachi, the PM said the federal government was concerned over the recent surge in street crimes in Karachi.
The meeting was briefed on the overall security situation in the province in general and Karachi in particular.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stressed the need for activating all intelligence resources to arrest that alarming trend.
The meeting reaffirmed that peace and tranquility in Karachi would be maintained at all costs.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal, Corps Commander Karachi, Chief Secretary Sindh, DG Rangers Sindh, IG Sindh and other senior government officials were also present during this meeting.
Syed Murad Ali Shah also called on the premier in Karachi this afternoon.
They discussed the prevailing political situation in the province and relations between the federal and provincial governments.
Abbasi reiterated his resolve that the federal government will continue to play its role in the completion of the ongoing development projects in Sindh.
Earlier, talking to Muhammad Zubair in Karachi, Shahid Khaqan said the federal government will extend all out support for development in Sindh province.
The governor briefed him on the initiatives taken for the development and confidence of the business community.
The prime minister also paid a visit to the mausoleum of Quaid-a-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
He laid a floral wreath at the mausoleum and offered Fateha to pay homage and respect to the father of the nation. He also recorded his impressions in the visitor’s book.
A delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan led by Farooq Sattar also called on the prime minister.
The current situation in Karachi was discussed in the meeting.
It was agreed in the meeting that all the political parties should combine their efforts to further improve security and business atmosphere in Karachi.
Shahid Abbasi said all the political parties should join hands to ensure peace and security in the city.