After deciding to go in for targeted operations against some militant groups last week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said the country was going through an extraordinary situation, and this situation demands tough decisions.

Chairing a parliamentary party meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), he said, “Without eliminating terrorism and extremism we cannot place Pakistan on the fast track of development. We will take every step to bring peace and stability in country.”

Pakistan was a peaceful nation and believed in peaceful relations based on respect with all neighbours including India, he said. There was a need to begin a new era of peace and stability in the region, which will be beneficial for Pakistan as well as for the whole region, he added, according to an official statement. Mr. Sharif said that the country was facing two major problems — a fragile economy and terrorism.

He also shared information on the power sector and the economy apart from law and order. The power situation had improved with the addition of 1700 MW prospects of adding 8000 MW in the future. He said that “We have more projects in pipeline and hopefully by end of our tenure we will add another 8000 megawatt.”

About 36,000 MW will be added to the system with the completion of K-2, K-3 civil nuclear power project, the Diamer-Bhasha dam, Gadani coal based power project, Nandipur Power project, Jamshoro power project, CASA 1000 and wind power projects, in the next 10-12 years.

He said the situation in Karachi had improved and there was a 40 per cent decrease in the heinous crimes.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the National Internal Security Policy was ready and would be implemented after cabinet approval.