Pak­istan to be made eco­nomic Asian tiger: PM

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Per­forms ground­break­ing of Hazara Mo­tor­way

PTI sit-ins detri­men­tal to coun­try’s progress

HAVELIAN— Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif, ad­dress­ing a mam­moth pub­lic meet­ing here on Satur­day, said that the multi-di­men­sional de­vel­op­men­tal pro­grammes be­ing un­der­taken by PML (N) Gov­ern­ment would turn Pak­istan into an Asian tiger but lamented that sit-ins be­ing staged by cer­tain par­ties were detri­men­tal to the coun­try’s progress.

After ground break­ing cer­e­mony of 33 bil­lion ru­pees Hazara Mo­tor­way at Havelian on Satur­day af­ter­noon the Prime Min­is­ter said the Mo­tor­way would later be ex­tended to link it with Gil­gitBaltistan and Is­lam­abad through Mar­galla Hills. He said a qual­ity ex­press­way has been com­pleted from Khun­jerab to Raikot and now it would be ex­tended from Raikot to Thakot.

“This im­por­tant road link forms part of Pak­istan China Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor agree­ment. The four-lane fenced ex­press­way will cost Rs 33 bil­lion. The Hazara Mo­tor­way will re­duce the drive from Is­lam­abad to Havelian to 30 min­utes and pro­vide ac­cess to the Havelian Dry Port project.”

The Prime Min­is­ter said the area would also be linked with rail­way net­work con­nect­ing it with Pe­shawar, Is­lam­abad, La­hore, Karachi and Quetta.

He said dur­ing his meet­ing with Afghan Pres­i­dent, they agreed to ex­tend the Mo­tor­way project to Kabul and then on­ward to Cen­tral Asia ush­er­ing in a new era of progress and pros­per­ity. He said the Gov­ern­ment would com­plete Is­lam­abad-Muzaffarabad rail­way dur­ing its present ten­ure.

The Premier an­nounced that the ground break­ing of Karachi- La­hore Mo­tor­way would be held next month.

The Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced that a univer­sity

would be es­tab­lished at Hazara and said once the gas short­age prob­lem is over, Havelian would get gas on pri­or­ity. Nawaz Sharif said con­struc­tion of Hazara Mo­tor­way is in ful­fill­ment of the pledges he made dur­ing gen­eral elec­tions.

He re­ferred to sit-ins and the ter­mi­nol­ogy of ‘New Pak­istan’ and said his Gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to make a new KPK and con­struc­tion of Mo­tor­way is a glimpse of the change and pros­per­ity in the prov­ince.

Sim­i­larly, he said, gas short­age would also be over fol­low­ing im­port of LNG and gas from Iran. He said soon a gas pipe­line project from Gwadar to Nawab Shah is be­ing launched. In the sec­ond phase, gas pipe­line would be laid from Ira­nian bor­der to Gwadar.

Nawaz Sharif said 1000 schools are be­ing con­structed in quake af­fected ar­eas at a cost of eight bil­lion ru­pees. Th­ese would be com­pleted on fast track.

The Prime Min­is­ter re­ferred to sit-ins and the ter­mi­nol­ogy of ‘New Pak­istan’ and said his Gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to make a new KPK and con­struc­tion of Mo­tor­way is a glimpse of the change and pros­per­ity in the prov­ince.

Sim­i­larly, he said, gas short­age would also be over fol­low­ing im­port of LNG and gas from Iran. He said soon a gas pipe­line project from Gwadar to Nawab Shah is be­ing launched. In the sec­ond phase, gas pipe­line would be laid from Ira­nian bor­der to Gwadar.

The Prime Min­is­ter said the mo­tor­way would be part of the road in­fra­struc­ture that would link it with the rest of the coun­try. Hazara, he added, would be con­nected with Is­lam­abad through tun­nels, mak­ing it eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

He said work on the Bhasha Dam, which would be the largest type of project of its kind in the coun­try, would com­mence soon.

He said the sit-ins were only lead­ing to back­ward­ness and un­em­ploy­ment. He strongly crit­i­cised the spate of lies, al­le­ga­tions and dirty lan­guage that had now be­come a full time job of those who used the sit-ins to vent their frus­tra­tion. The young gen­er­a­tion was be­ing spoiled with the foul lan­guage be­ing used at the sit-ins, he added.

The Prime Min­is­ter said the area would serve as a hub of all eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity and the peo­ple would soon see the real change. The project - a trans­la­tion of the Prime Min­is­ter’s com­mit­ment to ex­pand the net­works of mo­tor­ways to build a pro­gres­sive Pak­istan, would cre­ate thou­sands of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and lead to so­cio-eco­nomic up­lift of the whole re­gion.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif hit out at the on­go­ing move­ment of the Pak­istan Tehreek-iIn­saf and said that sit-ins are detri­men­tal to the coun­try’s progress. While com­ment­ing on the cur­rent sit-in protests, the premier said that they will not en­sure progress for Pak­istan, nor will they bring an end to un­em­ploy­ment.

“Do you want elec­tric­ity or protests?” asked the premier dur­ing his speech to scores of sup­port­ers. “The protests will make the coun­try move back­wards, it will not en­able progress.” he added. “The kind of lan­guage that is taught to our younger gen­er­a­tion dur­ing th­ese protests... is this the lan­guage ado­les­cents will use in ‘Naya Pak­istan’?” Nawaz said, re­fer­ring to Im­ran Khan’s speeches dur­ing ral­lies. “I have never heard such false­hood in my en­tire life, as much as I have heard in the past few days in th­ese protests.”

Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif said that the el­e­ments or­ches­trat­ing the sit-ins against na­tional progress and pros­per­ity had crossed all lim­its in telling lies, and he had never come across such rep­e­ti­tion of pack of lies.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Gov­er­nor Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Sar­dar Me­htab Ahmad Khan said Hazara Mo­tor­way would change des­tiny of the peo­ple of Hazara, Gil­git-Baltistan, Malakand and Azad Kashmir. He said the coun­try is fac­ing nu­mer­ous chal­lenges and peo­ple of Pak­istan stood solidly be­hind the Prime Min­is­ter in tack­ling them squarely.

He par­tic­u­larly re­ferred to the on-go­ing op­er­a­tion Zarb-e-Azb in FATA and said it would help elim­i­nate ter­ror­ism that posed threats for the last one decade. He de­manded con­struc­tion of schools in quake af­fected ar­eas of KPK and Azad Kashmir on pri­or­ity ba­sis be­sides es­tab­lish­ment of a qual­ity Univer­sity in Hazara.

Ko­his­tan, Bata­gram, Mansehra, Ab­bot­tabad and Haripur will be linked to Mo­tor­way. The project is a trans­la­tion of Prime Min­is­ter’s com­mit­ment to ex­pand the net­works of mo­tor­ways to build a pro­gres­sive Pak­istan. The project will cre­ate hun­dreds of thou­sands of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, pos­si­bil­i­ties of new business ideas, and so­cioe­co­nomic up­lift of the whole re­gion. Ear­lier, the Prime Min­is­ter was briefed on the project by Na­tional High­way Au­thor­ity Chair­man Shahid Ashraf Tarar.

HAVELIAN: Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif ad­dress­ing a pub­lic gath­er­ing on the oc­ca­sion of ground­break­ing cer­e­mony of Hazara Mo­tor­way.

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