Our goal remains unchanged: PM

-Reviews strategies to counter PDM’s hubbub
-Reaffirms no NRO deal
-Clears civil-military on same page
-Says will jointly foil Indian conspiracy with people’s support
-Vows to counter Indian narrative with full force
-Argues enemies of armed forces are the enemies of Pakistan

By Ajmal Khan Yousafzai

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday chaired a meeting of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders and government’s spokesmen to review counter strategy against the protests and public gatherings announced by the opposition parties.
The meeting reviewed the ongoing political situation, measures taken to bring back absconding Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif and other issues.
Speaking during the meeting, the prime minister said that entire nation stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the armed forces of the country. “There is no civil-military tensions and the armed forces are standing alongside the democratic government within their constitutional limit,” he said.
Imran Khan said that the government is not feeling threatened from any movement launched by the opposition parties and further asked the participants of the meeting to expose the negative narrative of the opposition leaders. They [opposition] have issues with the armed forces because the latter had caught their corruption, the prime minister said while terming the enemies of the armed forces as the enemies of the country.
“The government will defend its institutions and will jointly foil the Indian conspiracy with the support of masses,” PM Imran Khan said and directed the party leaders to mobilize for the cause. He said that the opposition would not get a NRO and their only issue is that they are neither getting a deal nor dheel (leniency). “I know the conspirators behind this Indian bid to create a political disturbance in the country,” he said but vowed to counter the Indian narrative with full force.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday chaired a meeting to review measures aimed at improving production of oil and gas reserves in country using production management system. The meeting attended by federal ministers Omar Ayub, Shibli Faraz, Nadeem Babar and others was briefed over the use of production management system.
The system would be based on the data of the oil and gas database of the private and government-owned companies and would help in improving the production of the oil and gas in the country.
Speaking during the meeting, the prime minister said that it would help in ensuring availability of oil and gas to the masses in an effective and cheapest manner.
“There is a need to adopt a comprehensive strategy to resolve energy issues,” Imran Khan said adding the management system would not only help in easing the burden on national exchequer but would also help in providing the fuel on lower rates to the masses.
While calling upon all stakeholders to shun old methods, the prime minister directed the government officials to utilize technology in lowering expenditures and said that it would further help in controlling waste of money from national exchequer.
Moreover, rime Minister Imran Khan on Friday, chairing a review meeting on the progress of Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project, said its completion within the stipulated time was the priority of government.
The meeting was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar, Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority Chairman Lt. Gen. (retd) Anwar Ali Haider, Punjab Chief Secretary , Federal Board of Revenue Chairman, Ravi Urban Development Authority Chairman and investors in the construction sector. The prime minister said the Ravi River Front Urban Development Project was aimed at uplifting the Lahore city and also meeting its needs in view of growing population and water shortage.He said the project would create immense jobs opportunities and economic activity.