KARACHI:  Nawaz Sharif said that the Karachi operation would continue until the very last one of criminals is terminated today. He expressed these views while addressing the participants of the inauguration ceremony of Hub Oil Refinery.

While commenting on counter strategies against crimes in Karachi, the PM said that the operation would continue until the very last one of criminals is killed. He said that the arrested insurgents should be brought to justice not within months but weeks. He also said that miscreants behind Safoora carnage have been caught and it is hoped that the courts would bring them to justice as soon as possible.

“The Safoora incident depicts lack of courage and desperate tactics,” he added. Nawaz said that terrorists do not deserve to be dealt with softness and even a bit of leniency.

“The Karachi Operation started in September 2013 and it is still ongoing, and we intend to continue until we eradicate terrorism from the country,” he added.

The premier noted that peace was important for the prosperity of the nation as well as for growth in the economy. With reference to the Karachi bus attack, PM Nawaz said that all those responsible have been caught and “we are hopeful that our courts will do their job to bring justice.”

The Prime Minister said that setting-up an oil refinery in Balochistan is a milestone achieved by the public-private partnership. He said that a road is being constructed from Gwadar to Quetta. “This road would lead to China border from Quetta,”  he added.

Nawaz said that Pakistan needs to build road connections with Central Asian countries. The PM also talked about government’s efforts to tackle energy crisis. He said that the power outages would end by 2017.

The Prime Minister confirmed that oil production in the country was insufficient. “Oil has become a basic need in present day and 22 million tonnes of oil is being consumed in the country,” the premier announced. Despite insufficient oil production in the country, the prime minister lauded the economic growth being experienced in the country as well as the numerous projects underway to promote growth.

Commenting on the law and order situation in Balochistan, PM Nawaz assured that the province would become a safer place with ongoing efforts and added that all those responsible for creating upheaval in the country would be caught. With Operation Zarb-e-Azb ongoing, the premier noted that much success had been attained in the operations.

Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated Byco Oil Refinery in Hub today. The refinery has been completed at a cost of seven point five million dollars with a capacity of refining one hundred fifty-five thousand barrel crude oil per day. The refinery will help reduce country’s dependence on the import of petroleum products by over fifty percent. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Nawaz Sharif said the project will not only help in development of Baloschistan but will also create job opportunities. He said, 750 million dollars investment will be made in the second phase of the project. He reiterated that Gawadar will be made a free port and would be developed like Singapore and Dubai. Earlier, on his arrival, the Prime Minister was received by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. He is accompanied by Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar and Khurram Dastgir Khan.