Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his firm belief that history and official records will bear witness to Pakistan’s remarkable recovery from the brink of bankruptcy in an unprecedentedly short span. He likened this accomplishment to rescuing the nation’s ship from treacherous storms and guiding it to the tranquil shores of stability.
During his farewell address to the nation, the Prime Minister disclosed that Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar has been selected as the caretaker prime minister, a decision reached through consultations with opposition leader Raja Riaz. The Prime Minister expressed optimism that the caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar will ensure the forthcoming elections are conducted with transparency and fairness.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also highlighted that his administration successfully disentangled Pakistan from the binding constraints it was subjected to. He stressed that his government not only dispelled the shadows of the past but also illuminated a promising future for the nation.
Moreover, the Prime Minister noted that the preceding administration deviated from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement and set up obstacles for the subsequent government.
Speaking about his own tenure, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif conveyed his departure with a clear conscience and a sense of accomplishment. He asserted that he upheld national interests, fostered international trust, and extended assistance to vulnerable segments of society despite economic challenges.
He underscored that his government significantly augmented the national electricity supply by adding five thousand megawatts to the grid. He pointed out that the stock market index surged past 49 thousand points, reaching its highest level in six years. Additionally, the Prime Minister emphasized that his administration championed media freedom and the rights of media personnel.
On the humanitarian front, he noted the allocation of 100 billion rupees to assist three million flood victims with cash and supplies. During Ramadan, his government distributed 70 billion rupees worth of free flour to countless Pakistanis. Notably, the Prime Minister mentioned the expansion of the Danish school system to Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Furthermore, he recognized the challenge of navigating the nation through economic difficulties without compromising its integrity. He acknowledged the hardships of this journey, enduring 16 months of obstacles and dilemmas. Yet, the government prioritized the welfare of the state over political interests, taking tough decisions guided by their faith in Allah. These decisions averted a dire scenario of food, medicine, and fuel shortages that would have led to chaos and unrest.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif denounced the efforts of unpatriotic elements who sought to sow discord and chaos. He applauded the resilience of the nation in the face of adversity, with conspiracies faltering one after another. While acknowledging inflation, he assured the public that essential goods remained accessible.
Finally, he commemorated the sacrifices of martyrs and veterans, hailing their contributions to the country. He paid homage to their heroism, particularly recalling the poignant events of May 9.
In conclusion, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif asserted that he was relinquishing power with a sense of accomplishment, having steered the nation through formidable challenges and toward a promising future