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Islamabad to remain open despite PTI’s call: PM

Baku, October 15 (Online): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday made it clear that Islamabad would not be allowed to be locked down and it would remain open.

“our objective is to run Pakistan. But certain elements want to lock down it. Governments come and go. We are working for the development of Pakistan. Imran Khan wants to keep Islamabad shut but we want to keep it open. Islamabad would not be locked down. It will stay open. Those hampering national development would not be tolerated at any cost”, he said this while talking to Pakistani journalists on break fast table here.

PM said India has always avoided to go for talks on Kashmir issue. However if Indian PM Modi is serious for talks and he keeps Kashmir issue included in the dialogue then we are also ready for talks, he added.

Incidents like Uri are reaction to Indian forces atrocities in Occupied Kashmir, he underlined. Kashmir is core issue between Pakistan and India, he remarked.

“ we have broken back of terrorists in the country. Economic situation has improved in the country. Improvement is coming in Karachi situation. Green Bus service is being launched in Karachi, he observed.

He underscored that energy crisis would be reined in 2018. Due to addition of 10 megawatt electricity in the system not only the energy crisis will be resolved but also the power tariff is being reduced persistently. We are going to start work on Wasoo power project this year. Land for Diamer Bhasha dam has been purchased at the cost of Rs 105 billion.
Proposal for increasing prices of gas has come to him but he will not accept it, he remarked.

PM refuted the impression work on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor had slowed down. Politicking on CPEC should be avoided, he added. China has also expressed satisfaction over pace of work on this project, he added.