In an interview with Turkish state-television TRT, the Prime Minister said, “My vision is to rebuild Pakistan and try my best to decrease poverty and cut the budget of the government sector to ensure austerity,”
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says the next general election in the country will be held within fifteen months and meanwhile, his goal would be to address the challenges of inflation and poverty.
However, he said if the people bring his party to power in the next election, a full-fledged development agenda would be launched to deal with issues such as unemployment and poverty.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that the government is engaged with International Monetary Fund to put the economy of the country on right track, which suffered hugely in the last three years.
The Prime Minister said the global skyrocketing prices of fuel compelled his government to increase the cost of oil and gas.
Replying to a question about Pak-Turk’s defense ties, he said Pakistan desires collaboration with Turkey in military projects, and the recent launch of the MILGEM warship was in line with the same vision.
According to PM Shehbaz, Pakistan and Turkey were pursuing regional cooperation with immense understanding and unity between the two countries’ leaderships.
Deeming his Ankara visit “phenomenal”, he said that the people-to-people bond between the two nations was grounded in history.
To a question about Pakistan maintaining a balance between Turkey and the Gulf states, he expressed satisfaction that Turkey’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had improved.
“This is important for global peace and will become very fruitful for the entire region,” he said.
Shehbaz Sharif also emphasized a trilateral arrangement between China, Pakistan, and Turkey to join the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Referring to the issues of Kashmir and Palestine, the Prime Minister said Pakistan will continue to support the subjugated nations struggling for their rights.