Iran congratulates PM Elect Nawaz Sharif
IRI Foreign Ministry spokesman in a message sent Wednesday on occasion of Nawaz Sharif's election as Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan congratulated him and Pakistani nation on behalf of Islamic Republic of Iran Government and Iranian nation, IRNA reported.
According to and IRNA Wednesday report, the Head Media Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs further quoted Seyyed Abbas Araqchi as expressing certainty that the two countries' comprehensive relations during the premiership of Mr. Nawaz Sharif would be further expanded, particularly in political, cultural, and economic fields.
Araqchi added, 'I am sure during the tenure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the two countries would also be witnesses to ever increasing process of peace and stability in Pakistan and the region.
"A comprehensive plan has also been finalized and resolve the issue of power load-shedding and other problems of the country," Nawaz Sharif told the National Assembly in his maiden speech.
Pakistan faces power shortage of thousands of megawatts, which has badly affected the country's economic activities.
Analysts say that the outgoing ruling Pakistan People's Party faced defeat as it could not solve the problem.
Corruption will not be tolerated at any level and those found involved in it will be made accountable, Nawaz Sharif said. He said that corrupt elements will have to face harsh accountability.
He said that all appointments will be made on merit and in a transparent manner, adding that the days of favoritism have gone.
Highlighting the priories of his government, Nawaz Sharif said a comprehensive national plan of action has been framed.
He said that his new government accepts the challenges but will not make hollow slogans to hoodwink the people.
"The country is faced with multiple challenges including power outages, price hike, unemployment, lawlessness and terrorism," Nawaz Sharif said. He said that he will approach all political leaders to seek their support for the solution of the country's problems.
He pledged to work day and night to change the destiny of the people and the country.
"All the doors for misadventures must be closed forever," said the Prime Minister-Elect Sharif.
He said he is grateful to the nation for giving him the responsibility to serve the nation.
"I will not hurt the trust of the people reposed in me," he said.
He also assured the opposition lawmakers that his government will hold them in high esteem and will seek their guidance in running the country's affairs.