PM travels to Balochistan today

Stresses rising above politics to provide relief to people

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will visit Balochistan today (Saturday) to review the implementation of a special relief package for people during the holy month of Ramazan.

Expressing his displeasure over the overpricing of daily commodities and lack of supply in the province, the prime minister directed the federal minister for industries and national food security to immediately reach the province. He said that selling daily use items at a high price is a crime and would not be tolerated at any cost, PM Office Media Wing quoted the prime minister as saying. Upon the direction of the prime minister, a special Ramazan relief package was announced two days back.

Also, Shehbaz Sharif, on Friday stressed the need for all political parties to work together to resolve problems facing the country. In a meeting with Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) MNA Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, he said it was the need of the hour to go beyond political interests and provide relief to the people. The overall political situation of the country was discussed in the meeting. Dr. Siddiqui assured the prime Minister of MQM’s full support in this regard.

Separately, the prime minister received a telephone call from President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Friday and discussed matters of mutual interest. The President of the European Commission congratulated Shehbaz Sharif on assuming the office of prime minister and underlined the Commission’s desire to further strengthen its bilateral relationship with Pakistan.

The prime minister expressed his thanks for the felicitations and stated that Pakistan greatly valued its relations with the European Union, which were based on shared values and common objectives of peace, prosperity and development. The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of closer trade and investment ties between Pakistan and the EU. He appreciated the GSP Plus arrangement and underlined that being a mutually beneficial scheme, it had played an important role in the expansion of Pakistan-EU trade.

Shehbaz lauded Ursula von der Leyen’s stewardship of the EU Commission and underscored his resolve to further deepen mutual engagement. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also extended a cordial invitation to the European Commission President.