Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday hinted the controversy over NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) implementation case in the Supreme Court will soon be resolved.

The premier in his first ever interview with state-run PTV said that the matter affected national economy, prospects of investment and several other spheres, causing uncertainty in the country.

He observed, “I have been the chief executive only for a little over two months and wanted the matter to be sorted out amicably and the judges too were trying for it”.

Expressing hope about a positive outcome, the prime minister said no major breakthrough would come on September 18.

He, however, didn’t reply about a question whether letter to the Swiss authorities would be written or not.

PM Ashraf said, “I am ready for talks on holding general elections two or three months ahead of the schedule but pointed out at the same time that completion of the government’s term would help strengthen democracy”.

Saying the system would gain strength from this development, he added it will result in a polished system which will be of benefit to the coming government and send a positive message to democratic forces.

He noted, “The modality for formation of an interim government was enshrined in the Constitution and the government and the opposition would reach a consensus the way they did for the appointment of the chief election commissioner”.

The premier was of the opinion Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) would form the caretaker setup if the decision could not be taken in the first phase.

Replying to a query about creation of new provinces, PM Ashraf said everything shouldn’t be politicized as a longstanding demand from Southern Punjab was under consideration.

He opined, “Balochistan, terrorism and economic pressure are the main challenges besides the energy crisis and efforts are under way to address them. The law and order situation in the province has been improved during the PPP rule”.

In his view, his party was ready to hold dialogue with everyone to help bring peace back in Balochistan.

The prime minister said the foreign policy was home-grown and rejected a perception that decisions were taken somewhere else.

PM Ashraf explained that the input was taken from other institutions which were part of the government.

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