PM invites expatriates to invest in Pakistan

LONDON - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday invited the expatriate Pakistanis to invest in Pakistan saying the country had become the ideal destination where the industries were getting 100 percent power and gas supply.

Responding to media queries after his arrival here in connection with his medical check-up, the prime minister brushed aside rumours saying he arrived in London for his health review and would return to the country shortly.

The prime minister said the issue of power loadshedding in Pakistan would end completely very soon. "The expatriates should avail of the existing investment opportunities in Pakistan," he added.

To a question regarding Panama Papers, Nawaz replied that those who had been crying their voices hoarse were exposed before the public.

"What moral ground remains for those levelling allegations as they have been exposed before the people?" he asked.

He advised his critics to sweep before their own doors prior to targeting others with false statements.

He said he had explained his position before the National Assembly. Numerous details which he intended to place before the proposed Commission were shared with the House, he added.

The prime minister said details about the proceeds, they got from the sale of Dubai or Jeddah factories, were laid bare before the House. The London flats were purchased from those proceeds, he added.

He said under the nationalisation drive, they were deprived of their assets by the then regime and were left with empty pockets.

 Under such conditions from where arose the question of taking the money outside Pakistan, he asked.

He said Pervez Musharraf had sealed everything after takeover and sent them on forced exile.

He maintained that on one hand they were maltreated and on the other, they were asked for accountability.

The prime minister said they wanted the National Assembly committee to also probe those persons who got their loans written off on the political basis and those who took kickbacks or commissions.

Such elements had deprived the toiling masses of their hard earned money and swelled their pelf and assets in the forms of industries, he added.

To another question, he said during his public gatherings, he was talking about the pace of development and the uplift projects.

The country was fast heading on the path of development with completion of mega infrastructure, power, energy and CPEC projects which would get spur in the next couple of years, he added.

"I have witnessed the enthusiasm of the people of Swat during my recent visit.

The provincial government or those who rallied for 'naya Pakistan' should also realize the public opinion about their performance," he said.

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