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RAW among suspects behind capital attack: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that reports about the involvement of many groups, including the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of India, in the Islamabad District Courts firing and bomb attack had been pouring in and the investigation was going on in this regard.

Expressing concern over the new wave of terrorism and emergence of new terrorist groups, during a meeting with a group of parliamentarians from the Gujranwala Division, the prime minister said that on the one hand, the dialogue process was going on while on the other hand, new groups were coming to the fore, perpetrating terrorist activities with new names.

He said that security and intelligence agencies had been directed to investigate the matter. He said the government chose the path of dialogue according to the decision taken in the All Parties Conference and expressed the hope that the dialogue would bear fruit.

During the meeting, the prime minister told the MPs that the country’s economic situation had improved as compared to the last year. “We have taken concrete measures to bring the economy back on a strong footing,” he said.

The prime minister said through a pragmatic approach and rational policies, the government had been able to provide relief to the masses with regard to the power sector. He said the foreign investment was rising due to the confidence posed by the international donors in the country’s economy. The Chinese investment in the power and infrastructure sectors will further give a boost to our economy, he said.

Nawaz said that the Youth Business Loan Scheme had been launched successfully and a promise made during the election campaign was fulfilled.The parliamentarians showed confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and said the steps taken by him would put the country on the path to progress. They also discussed political matters and development projects relating to their constituencies.

Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastagir Khan, Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid, Minister of State for Housing and Works Usman Ibrahim, Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab, senators and MNAs including Hamza Shahbaz, attended the meeting. – Agencies

Muhammad Saleh Zaafir adds: During the meeting, the prime minister said his government had inherited heaps of problems, including the worst kind of terrorism and an acute energy crisis.

Had the former rulers attended to the problems confronted by the people and the country, the situation could have been much better today, he said. “But we are determined to sorting out all ills and the country will have the capacity to meet the future needs of energy when our government completes its tenure,” he said.

Ahsan Iqbal pointed out to the prime minister that the members had been asking for fund allocations for the development projects. The sources said that Nawaz told the members that the situation of economy was improving but for the time being such a demand could not be accepted. As the situation improves, the government will consider provision of the facility, he added.

courtesy- The News

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