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Nawaz Sharif will address four major issues in his inaugural speech as prime minister. -File Photo
Nawaz Sharif will address four major issues in his inaugural speech as prime minister. -File Photo

ISLAMABAD: In his inaugural speech prime minister-in-waiting Mian Nawaz Sharif would dwell upon four major areas.

He would swear to weed out mega corruption, overcome energy crisis, convalesce the ailing economy and improve the security situation from North to South.

Over the last two days, Sharif and his advisors were working on the speech which they wanted to be historic coinciding his momentous return to the office of prime minster for a record third time.

In his speech he would give an outline of the PML-N government’s plan to reduce load shedding. Instead of talking big like his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif, he would make calculated announcements given the sensitivity of the matter for the general masses.

The PML-N has prepared a strategy to overcome the power crisis in phases. The issue of circular debt, timely payment to oil companies, running power generation units to their maximum capacity are some of the short-term measures the upcoming government is looking for. The long-term steps include construction of hydel-power projects, trans-nations gas pipelines and civil-nuclear deal with the friendly countries.

Sharif is wary of mega-corruption scandal involving key officials of the former People’s Party government. In the speech he would not name any individuals but vow to catch the big fish. Across-the-board accountability is something he would specifically emphasise. In the same breath, he would promise zero victimisation on political grounds.

Terrorism and extremism is another area, Sharif would discuss at length in which he will pay tribute to the soldiers and civilians who have lost their lives.

He would defend the proposal of holding dialogue with the Taliban. Sources said he might praise Malala Yousufzai and condemn those who had tried to kill the young activist from Swat. By doing so he would surely please the international community.

Sharif would take credit of resolving impasse on government formation in Balochistan. He considers that nomination of Dr Abdul Malik is a great achievement that will pay him dividend in the months to come.

Pointing out to the ailing Pakistani economy, he would pledge emergency measures under the able leadership of his chief economic advisor, Senator Ishaq Dar.

Sharif is likely to recall the days of incarceration after the military coup of October 1999 and highlight that those who had overthrown his government were facing justice.

He is going to promise that the PML-N government shall ensure supremacy of the constitution and dignity of the judiciary.

Sharif, a source said, decided to appoint professionals to head the government and semi-government corporations.

“Neither politicians nor bureaucrats are going to head the corporations in order to improve their performance and eliminate mega corruption,” he added.

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independentthinker Jun 05, 2013 02:00am

I have heard many inaugural speeches by the leaders and have noticed that all the promises that they make, hopes that they create, excitement that they build, dreams that they inspire, ends with the last word that they speak out. Life goes back to the same old way and people are left wondering what was all that about? I am not talking about Pakistan alone - it sadly happens around the world. There are favours to be returned and scores to settle - that makes it harder to follow through what they say in their inaugural speeches. Would Mian Nawaz Sharif be different? I have my doubts, but for the sake of our beloved country and to rid ourselves of the conception that all politicians are corrupt and in for their own gain, I hope Mr. Sharif proves me wrong and offers a pleasant surprise to all of us. Amen!

Victor P Brady Jun 05, 2013 02:24am

Sounds real sane!

MSA Jun 05, 2013 02:56am

The agenda looks great, but we have heard such talks before. Only time will tell. Jun 05, 2013 08:40am

Dear PM about to be ,

patience of the people is at end ,you have to race against the time ,deliver you must . there will be no friendly opposition for your govt. deliver or your govt shall die.

so God speed and good luck

mian m amin karachi

naseer hussain Jun 05, 2013 09:31am

What about the poors of this country.HIS PROMISES OF MINIMUM SALARY? 0r those were election gimmics?

Mobashir Jun 05, 2013 11:21am

Whatever happened to education as a goal? Pakistan's literacy rate is one of the lowest on this planet. Free education needs to be given to the children of Pakistan, otherwise, the remaining problems will not be solved, especially in the long run. One of the fundamental reasons for the creation of Pakistan was to ensure that Muslims, who had lagged behind in education, would be educated; this did not happen. Pakistan has very intelligent people, however, without an education millions of intelligent children will not live up to their potential and neither will Pakistan. Why is Pakistan wasting its most valuable resource by not educating the masses.

fazlul bari Jun 05, 2013 02:13pm

This may third time is charm. But can he deliver better and safe livelihood to the people of Pakistan? If he displease the powerful military bosses, he will be out of power like before. He should have good relations with military and eradicate violence's before he could deliver better life to people. Good luck Nawaz Sharif!

Imran Jun 05, 2013 02:28pm

May Allah bless Pakistan! I really hope Nawaz sharif this time around work for the people of instead of himself, his family and personal interest. I am optmistic despite knowing that He would do what he did in his previous governments. How can you clean a mirror with a cloth which is already dirty. But for sake of my country I hope I am wrong. Pakistan right now is like a broken car crashed badly, you cant just paint it to make it run, you got to repair it properly and can these people do that, i have serious concerns. Most of them hardly knows the definition of economy how they are going to run it, but again i am just hoping I am proven wrong and something better done this time around.

farooq Jun 05, 2013 04:53pm

@independentthinker: Tough choices require lot of sacrifices and cause lot of pain in the short term, for the rich and poor alike. Probably, little more pain for the rich, who also happen to make more noise (nothing personal). Previous two terms of Sharif have a legacy of power struggle, getting rid of smarter people and surrounding oneself with "Yes" men; shooting from the hip and not letting the party Pakistan Muslim League evolve and grow. i wish him success. it will be a success of Pakistanis

pathanoo Jun 06, 2013 05:18am

I love to trust Nawaz Sharif and do wish him BEST. But my fear is - Can the Leopard change his spots? Talk is cheap and don't mean a thing. Actions, rather results, would speak louder than any words. May be miracles do happen. This is perfect time for one as Pakistan's future depends on it.