Lahore (March 24, 2018): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday met with the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif who directed him to prepare a people friendly budget for the next year.
During a meeting between the two at the Jati Umra residence, the former prime minister directed him to take guidelines from the senior ministers in preparing the budget of the next fiscal year and said that the budget should be prepared on such recommendations that could benefit PML-N in next polls.
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The former premier also directed to avoid new taxes in the upcoming budget and said that the salaries of the government employees be increased from 10 to 15 percent.
He also directed to increase the pension by 15 to 20 percent. “More and more relief should be given in budget to the masses and the development budget should also be increased,” he said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday inaugurated the country’s first ever CCV Cable Aluminum alloy plant in Lahore.Addressing the gathering after inauguration, he said that in 2013, the country was suffering from severe load shedding issues PML-N government added ten thousand megawatts of electricity to the system and started projects which will meet future energy requirements of the country.
He expressed his confidence that the development of infrastructure will give further impetus to bringing investment in the country. He said the economy is expected to grow by five point six percent this year while for the next year our target is six percent.
Shahid Khaqan Abassi said the government is striving to provide an enabling environment to the industries.He said first it is the endeavor of the government to sit with the opposition to set out an agenda for continuity and stability of policies so that the change of government does not hamper the industrial growth.
The prime minister that despite shortage of resources, the projects are being completed under the vision of the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
“We want to give such a stable policy that do not change with the change of government,” he said adding that only masses would decided as to whoever will control the reins of government after next polls.
Later in the day, the incumbent prime minister would also meet the former premier and lifetime quaid of the PML-N Nawaz Sharif and would discuss issues pertaining to party policies and elections 2018 related affairs.