Govt to com­plete Neelum Jhelum pro­ject on time: PM

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Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on Wed­nes­day re­it­er­ated his govern­ment's re­solve to com­plete the Neelum Jhelum and many other en­ergy re­lated projects dur­ing his term in of­fice to rid the coun­try of dark­ness.

He was chair­ing a meet­ing to re­view the progress on Neelum Jhelum Hy­del Pro­ject here at the PM House. The Prime Min­is­ter was given de­tailed briefing on var­i­ous aspects of the pro­ject dur­ing the meet­ing. He asked Sec­re­tary Min­istry of Wa­ter and Power to sub­mit a bi-weekly re­port on the sta­tus of the pro­ject to the PM of­fice.

He also di­rected that all those re­lated to Pro­ject man­age­ment of Neelum-Jhelum must shift to the pro­ject site for ef­fec­tive su­per­vi­sion and speedy work to com­plete the pro­ject on time. The Prime Min­is­ter said achiev­ing eco­nomic sta­bil­ity was di­rectly con­nected with un­in­ter­rupted power sup­ply to the in­dus­trial sec­tor of the coun­try and said timely com­ple­tion of the en­ergy projects, in this re­gard was nec­es­sary.

"Our ef­forts in the shape of power projects in di­verse sources of en­ergy re­flect our de­ter­mi­na­tion to over­come the is­sue of power short­age in Pak­istan," the Prime Min­is­ter said.

He said the Neelum Jhelum was a sick pro­ject re­quir­ing ur­gent at­ten­tion when his govern­ment came into power. The pro­ject was fac­ing huge li­a­bil­ity amount­ing to Rs 20 bil­lion, while there were even no plans for the trans­mis­sion lines to link the pro­ject to the na­tional grid.

The meet­ing was also at­tended by Min­is­ter for Fi­nance Muham­mad Ishaq Dar, Sec­re­tary Prime Min­is­ter Fawad Hasan Fawad, Sec­re­tary Min­istry of Wa­ter and Power Muham­mad Younas Dagh, and se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials. Mean­while, Ex-Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ter and renowned PML-N worker, Chaudhry Ab­dul Ghafoor called on Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif here at the PM House on Wed­nes­day.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the mat­ters re­lat­ing to party and the over­all political sit­u­a­tion was dis­cussed. Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Prime Min­is­ter, Dr. Asif Kir­mani was also present.

The Prime Min­is­ter lauded the in­valu­able ser­vices of Chaudhry Ab­dul Ghafoor for the party and said he kept the party flag raised in dif­fi­cult times. Chaudhry Ab­dul Ghafoor ex­pressed com­plete con­fi­dence in the lead­er­ship qual­i­ties of Prime Min­is­term, Muhammed Nawaz Sharif and said the peo­ple of Pak­istan were look­ing to­wards him.

He said the peo­ple of Pak­istan were ap­pre­cia­tive of the de­vel­op­ment projects ini­ti­ated by the Prime Min­is­ter since 2013. Renowned jour­nal­ist and an­chor-per­son Mush­taq Min­has, who joined the PML- N AJK on Tues­day, called on Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif here at the PM House on Wed­nes­day.

The Prime Min­is­ter while wel­com­ing the join­ing of Mush­taq Min­has in the PML-N ex­pressed the con­fi­dence that his in­clu­sion in the PML-N would help fur­ther strengthen and ac­ti­vate the party in District Bagh. Mush­taq Min­has thanked the Prime Min­is­ter and as­sured him that he will uti­lize all his en­er­gies and ca­pa­bil­i­ties to strengthen and mo­bi­lize the party not only in District Bagh but in the whole of Azad Kash­mir. Mush­taq Min­has fur­ther said that the peo­ple of AJK have lot of re­spect for Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif and have com­plete con­fi­dence in his lead­er­ship. He said the peo­ple of AJK will prove their love for the party by giv­ing man­date to PML-N in the up­com­ing elec­tions.

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