NEW YORK - PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday night that Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's government was stepping up efforts to wipe out terrorism from the country in order to restore peaceful conditions needed for the implementation of its forward-looking economic agenda.

"Terrorism and economic development do not go together," he told his party supporters at a meeting in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City. Pakistan's Armed Forces had struck heavy blows on the terrorists who were spreading chaos and fear in the country, Hamza Sharif said, adding, that the nation was united in getting rid of this evil. The PML-N leader, who is on a private visit to the United States, also said that people had reposed faith in the present system of government by rejecting "Dharnas" and thus paving the way for political stability and economic growth.

"The conspiracy to derail the democratic system had failed miserably," he said, citing Pakistan Awami Tehrik's decision to abandon the D-Chowk agitation and the rapid decline of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's protesters.

The marches and "Dharnas", Hamza Sharif said,  were part of a plan that was hatched in London to grab power by destabilising the government.

The PML government, he said, faced the situation calmly and patiently, sticking to democratic principles until the sponsors of protests -- Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri -- ran out of steam.

These "Dharnas"  had caused immense damage to Pakistan's economy and led to the postponement of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit, the PML-N leader said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had to travel to China to oversee the signing of agreements envisaging Chinese investment to the tune of $45 billion, giving a huge boost to government's efforts to improve the country's economy and provide relief to the people, he added.

The government was working hard to implement plans, such as the World Bank-funded Diamer-Bhasha Dam and a network of coal plants to ease the country's energy shortage, he stated. Not only electricity needs would be met but he hoped there would also be surplus electricity available, resulting in lower tariff.

The PML-N government was determined to make Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam's dreams, he added. "Those talking about 'Naya Pakistan' should show some results in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, instead of raising empty slogans," he said.  

Earlier, Rohail Dar, President of PML-N, US, welcomed Hamza Sharif, stating under the leadership of his party, Pakistan would  regain its international stature and respect in the comity of the nations.

Pakistan's Consul General in New York, Raja Ali Ejaz, who was also present, briefed the meeting about the functions of his mission.