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Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif Tues­day said con­ti­nu­ity of poli­cies was vi­tal for progress and the coun­try saw un­prece­dented de­vel­op­ment dur­ing all his tenures. Ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing of PML-N work­ers soon af­ter his ar­rival here, the Prime Min­is­ter re­gret­ted that the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments failed in their duty of serv­ing the masses.

He said it was noth­ing less than "crim­i­nal neg­li­gence" of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments who failed to ad­dress the is­sue of load shed­ding or in­crease power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity in the coun­try. He said gov­er­nance was not a "bed of roses", but was a dif­fi­cult task, but he was com­mit­ted to serve the peo­ple of his coun­try. He said when his govern­ment came into power the coun­try was fac­ing 10-18 hours of load­shed­ding that was neg­a­tively im­pact­ing coun­try's in­dus­try and agri­cul­ture sec­tor. He said all pre­vi­ous govern­ment failed to in­stall ad­e­quate power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity.

He said his govern­ment has al­ways strived to serve the peo­ple and re­called his pre­vi­ous two tenures in which a num­ber of mega projects were ini­ti­ated. He said had his govern­ment con­tin­ued its se­cond ten­ure, the over­all sit­u­a­tion of Pak­istan would have been starkly dif­fer­ent. He re­gret­ted that Pak­istan has been left far be­hind in the pace of de­vel­op­ment and progress.

He also men­tioned the his­toric deal with Qatar for the pur­chase of Liq­ue­fied Nat­u­ral Gas. He re­gret­ted that he was forced to stop serv­ing the peo­ple of his coun­try for 14 long years and asked the peo­ple to see the dif­fer­ence and learn from the his­tory. Re­fer­ring to the suc­cess of the party in the lo­cal bod­ies polls, the Prime Min­is­ter said he was pleased to note that the PML-N govern­ment has main­tained its strong base and sup­port of the masses in the middle of its term. He said it was noth­ing less than a bless­ing of the Almighty Al­lah and said his govern­ment was com­mit­ted to con­tinue to serve the masses self­lessly.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif also lauded the sup- port ex­tended by China in a num­ber of de­vel­op­ment projects across the coun­try. He said the com­ple­tion of the China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor would be a game changer. He said he was de­sirous to link Pak­istan with the Cen­tral Asian Re­publics and said the net­work of mo­tor­ways would con­nect all re­mote ar­eas of the coun­try.

Do­minic Bar­ton, Global Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor McKin­sey calls on PM Nawaz Sharif at PM House.

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