PM says elim­i­nat­ing energy cri­sis Govt's top pri­or­ity

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KARACHI: Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif on Thurs­day not­ing the ex­cel­lent co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Pak­istan and China in peace­ful use of nu­clear energy said it would help the coun­try meet its energy short­fall. Inau­gu­rat­ing the con­crete pour­ing cer­e­mony of the Nu­clear Power Plant-II, the Prime Min­is­ter said he was pleased to note the pace of progress as he had per­formed the ground break­ing of Kanupp-2 and Kanupp-3 in Nov 2013. The event was at­tended by Gover­nor, Chief Min­is­ter Sindh, Min­is­ter for Wa­ter and Power Khawaja Muham­mad Asif.

He said the event was sig­nif­i­cant as it showed the close col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Pak­istan and China in all ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly in the field of peace­ful use of nu­clear energy. He said it was dur­ing his pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment that Pak­istan and China ini­ti­ated co­op­er­a­tion in peace­ful use of nu­clear power through the con­struc­tion of Chashma Nu­clear-I. He said it was the con­ti­nu­ity of this co­op­er­a­tion that has led to ad­di­tion of more nu­clear power plants in the coun­try with the Chi­nese co­op­er­a­tion. He said un­der the China Na­tional Nu­clear Cor­po­ra­tion Chashma III and IV would start pro­duc­ing 630 MW more elec­tric­ity by next year. He said Kanupp was suc­cess­fully gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity over the past 43 years and con­tribut­ing to na­tional econ­omy. Prime Min­is­ter said he was grate­ful to China's Atomic Energy Au­thor­ity, Ex­port Im­port Bank of China and China Na­tional Nu­clear Cor­po­ra­tion (CNNC) for its sup­port to Pak­istan. He said Pak­istan's eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors were pos­i­tive, in­vestors con­fi­dence has been re­stored, coun­try's im­age has been im­proved in­ter­na­tion­ally and more peo­ple were get­ting em­ploy­ment as sev­eral new projects were be­ing com­pleted. Prime Min­is­ter Sharif said Pak­istan Nu­clear Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (PNRA) was per­form­ing its as­signed duty of keep­ing a close watch on the nu­clear power plants in the coun­try and en­sur­ing safe op­er­a­tion of nu­clear fa­cil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. He con­grat­u­lated the PAEC and the PNRA for their sat­is­fac­tory per­for­mance and its ac­knowl­edge­ment by the IAEA. The Prime Min­is­ter also ap­pre­ci­ated the work­ers, staff and sci­en­tists work­ing un­der the am­bit of Pak­istan Atomic Energy Com­mis­sion for their ded­i­ca­tion, hard­work and com­mit­ment to their pro­fes­sion. The Prime Min­is­ter said apart from his gov­ern­ment's ef­forts to end load­shed­ding, equal im­por­tance was be­ing given to elim­i­nate ter­ror­ism from the coun­try. He paid tributes to late Col Shuja, the home min­is­ter of Punjab, who em­braced mar­tyr­dom in a ter­ror­ist at­tack in At­tock. Sharif said the gov­ern­ment re­mained com­mit­ted in its re­solve to wipe out ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism from the coun­try and said there would be no letup in the on­go­ing oper­a­tions against ter­ror­ists across the coun­try.

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