The PML-N started its election campaign in Karachi on Monday.
As part of the campaign, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif released a video message for the people of Karachi. He said that he is coming to the city for two days, during which he will hold rallies and meet his constituents.
We fulfilled our promises, he said in the video.
We have fulfilled our promise of ending power shortages, said Shehbaz.
He also reiterated that today, Karachi has become a city of peace.
Meeting the business community
Speaking to traders in the city, Shehbaz said in 2013 the people of Karachi suffered through 18 hours of load-shedding. Our GDP growth was being affected and if there are protests for six months at a time, business will be affected, he said.
Pakistan’s progress will be slower without electricity, he said. The PML-N president went on to say that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was introduced during the PML-N’s tenure, adding that the project was delayed in Sindh due to ongoing protests.
He also met members of the business community. Speaking on the occasion, FPCCI President Ghazanfar Bilour prayed for Kulsoom Nawaz’s health and said Shehbaz had presented a roadmap for the issues they face.
He said through CPEC, a lot of money has been invested in Pakistan. He also said the business community is angry at former finance minister Ishaq Dar. Bilour contended that they were not given their tax refunds.
He vowed that in three years, every Karachiite will have water in their homes. He promised to solve Karachi’s four biggest problems — water, load-shedding, security situation and solid waste management. He said his government will make the city South Asia’s most progressive port city. Shehbaz also discussed the importance of the city’s transport system.
He also said that development on the same scale as that done in Lahore should be done in Karachi.
Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar spoke to SAMAA TV on the issue and said in the 2018 elections politicians should focus on Karachi. No one has ever focused on the city but everyone wants to contest the elections from Karachi.
He said politicians are making empty statements about solving Karachi’s problems.