Per­vaiz blames Im­ran ...

Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

devel­op­ment, po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity was cre­ated on Oc­to­ber 12, 1999.

The demo­cratic and con­sti­tu­tional sys­tem, he said, was packed up and one per­son started tak­ing de­ci­sions about the coun­try. Com­pro­mises on the na­tional sovereignty were made dur­ing the Mushar­raf rule and now the present gov­ern­ment was try­ing to re­store the coun­try’s sovereignty over its land and skies, over­come en­ergy cri­sis and elim­i­nate ter­ror­ism, he added.

He said when­ever there was po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity in the coun­try, a con­tainer was parked in front of the Par­lia­ment. The PTI’s pol­i­tics of sit-ins had badly af­fected the coun­try’s eco­nomic progress and de­layed the an­nounce­ment of China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) for six months, he added.

He said due to the sit-ins, the na­tion’s pre­cious time was wasted and these projects, in­clud­ing CPEC, were de­layed.

Per­vaiz Rashid said the po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity due to 120-day sit-in cost the na­tion dear as power and em­ploy­ment projects were de­layed.

He said Nawaz Sharif wanted to build road and cold stor­ages in AJK so that its fruits, which could not only be sold in Pak­istani mar­kets, could can be ex­ported.

The min­is­ter said some re­gional coun­tries wanted to push Pak­istan back eco­nom­i­cally and take its place in­stead, be­sides iso­lat­ing it in­ter­na­tion­ally.

He said the AJK elec­tions had be­come very im­por­tant as the fed­eral gov­ern­ment of the PML-N was de­sirous of devel­op­ment in the state. Al­lo­ca­tions were made for all prov­inces and the AJK for devel­op­ment projects and good re­sults were wit­nessed only in the prov­inces where the same were launched and com­pleted with hon­esty.

How­ever, un­for­tu­nately the in­cum­bent gov­ern­ment in the AJK did not come up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of the masses and Rs 300 bil­lion pro­vided by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for devel­op­ment projects, were wasted, he added.

He said with growth in Pak­istan’s econ­omy, AJK’s share for devel­op­ment funds was in­creas­ing but its fruits could not reach the masses if an hon­est and ca­pa­ble gov­ern­ment were not be elected there. To a ques­tion, the min­is­ter said the Nee­lam-Jhe­lam hydro-power project would ben­e­fit the AJK peo­ple as they were its own­ers. The work on this project, which was started in 2002, was to be com­pleted in 2005. De­spite spend­ing of bil­lions of dol­lars, it was in worst con­di­tion when the PML-N came to power in 2013, he added.

He said the PML-N lead­er­ship dur­ing the visit of the project in 2013 was told that it would be com­pleted in 2022, but Nawaz Sharif is­sued di­rec­tives for its com­ple­tion by 2017. He also di­rected for the con­struc­tion of trans­mis­sion line by 2017, which was though not planned in the orig­i­nal project, he added.

The min­is­ter said the PML-N had strongly re­jected the “palace in­trigues” and horse-trad­ing for com­ing into power in AJK though it had plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties. The Pak­istan Peo­ples Party (PPP) was given the op­por­tu­nity to com­plete its fiveyear ten­ure and go to the peo­ple for vote. The PML-N was pop­u­lar in the AJK and hope­fully would win the next elec­tions, he added. Per­vaiz Rashid yes­ter­day’s work­ers con­ven­tion could be con­sid­ered as a barom­e­ter to check the pop­u­lar­ity of po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the AJK.

He said the PML started hold­ing work­ers con­ven­tions and the first one was con­ducted in Jan­uary in Bhim­ber and the yes­ter­day’s moot was the last one.

“We or­ga­nized these con­ven­tions to dis­sem­i­nate the PML-N mes­sage among its work­ers to pre­pare for elec­tions. How­ever, this ac­tiv­ity was started after re­al­iz­ing that there was no dif­fer­ence be­tween PML work­ers and vot­ers.”

He said that the PML-N had be­come a fam­ily and all its work­ers were now fam­ily mem­bers. —APP

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