ISLAMABAD - The government of PML-N in its first 100 days of governance made successful headway on matters of national security, improving overall law and order, particularly in Karachi, and for ending the energy crisis.
According to a report of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the government set the direction of foreign policy to improve country's profile at international level, condition of corporations was turned around and a consensus was reached for eradicating terrorism together with the national political leadership and various stakeholders. On September 9, the government successfully took into confidence the national political leadership of the country and stakeholders on the issue of terrorism and reached a wider understanding. From the very first day, the government expressed determination to pursue the policy of broader reconciliation as a result of which instead of forming its own governments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwah and Balochistan province, the PML-N accepted mandate of the other parties.
The federal government directed the PML-N chapter in Azad Kashmir not to disrupt the already established government there and let it complete its term. The prime minister sent off former President Asif Ali Zardari honourably by hosting a luncheon.
According to the Constitution, the government decided to make appointments on constitutional posts in consultation with the Opposition. The government realised from the very first day that establishment of peace was the most important requirement for sustainable economic progress. In this connection, the government prepared a draft of National Security Policy, which would be finalised in consultation with all the stakeholders. The government began an operation against extortionists in Karachi for improving the overall situation. The decision was taken at a special session of the federal cabinet in Karachi on September 4.
The government decided to extend possible cooperation to the provincial governments for maintaining peace in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwah and Gilgit-Baltistan, the report said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif categorically stated that all options would be used including dialogue to tackle with terrorism and militancy.
The PML-N government was the first to hold talks with the United States government for stopping drone attacks. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his meeting with United States Secretary of State John Kerry clearly stated that drone attacks were against the sovereignty and stability of Pakistan and these should be stopped after which Secretary General of United Nations Ban Ki-moon also backed stance of Pakistan.
In its first 100 days, the government in its efforts for economic revival signed various memorandums of understanding with China in sectors of railways, transportation, energy, promotion of telecommunication by laying fibre optic, establishment of special economic zones, setting up of industrial park and energy sector.
The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved Rs1,155 billion for the federal Public Sector Development Programme for the year 2013-14 and Rs615 billion for the public sector programme for provinces which was 32 per cent more than the previous year. Rs25 billion were allocated for the education sector and Rs18.5 billion for higher education.
The government cut down expenses of 32 ministries and departments and size of the federal cabinet, which will reduce expenses of governance by 30 per cent. The expenses of Prime Minister's Office were reduced by 40 per cent.
Rs2 billion subsidy was given for edible items during Ramazan through 6,000 Utility Stores. The government also took steps to promote trade, housing, petroleum and natural resources sectors.
The government is considering various measures for revival of Pakistan Steel Mills, which is running in losses for the last many years and the final decision will be taken after proper consultations with all stakeholders.
The Council of Common Interests (CCI) approved the energy policy 2013-18 for ending energy crisis in the country. For the better utilisation of resources, the production of electricity rose to 16,000 megawatts and 2,200 more megawatts were added to the national grid. By 2015, the government would produce another 2,500 megawatts.
The 425-525 megawatts Nandipur Power Project was revived and the prime minister visited Neelum Jhelum Project and directed that early completion of the project should be ensured.
The government is determined to start work on Diamer Bhasha and Dasu dam projects which will produce 4,500 and 4,325 megawatts respectively. Besides, according to the energy mix plan, planning has been made to produce cheap electricity.
Uniform rate of Rs10.50 per unit has been fixed for tube-wells across the country.
The steps taken by the government for protecting interests of Pakistan at international level is another milestone. The embassies and missions outside the country were instructed to take all steps to bring in foreign investment and promote bilateral trade relations with other countries.
The government policy was to improve relations with countries in the region particularly with the neighbouring countries to lay ground for peace and fast economic progress by restoring mutual trust.
According to official figures, the government resolved the longstanding issue of circular debt by paying Rs480 billion which decreased loadshedding by 8 to 18 hours. It is hoped that loadshedding will decrease further. During the current financial year, the revenue target was set at Rs2,475 billion.