The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Punjab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif has said that time has come to change des­tiny of the na­tion and the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing a func­tion re­gard­ing in­au­gu­ra­tion of con­struc­tion work of main power build­ing of 1320 megawatt coal power plants on Fri­day, Shah­baz said that let us all for­get our dif­fer­ences and unite, stop al­le­ga­tions, make ser­vice of the peo­ple our motto, start the process of build­ing of the na­tion and the coun­try through hon­esty, hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion and write a new bright chap­ter of de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity of the coun­try, the dream of which is be­ing seen by 20 crores peo­ple of Pak­istan. He said that this is time to change dark­ness with light and by col­lec­tive ef­fort and wis­dom we should move for­ward in this re­gard.

The Chief Min­is­ter said that to­day is an aus­pi­cious day and a glo­ri­ous day with re­gard to elim­i­nat­ing the short­age of elec­tric­ity in the coun­try as con­struc­tion work of main power build­ing of coal power plants in Qadirabad, Sahi­wal is be­ing in­au­gu­rated and 1320 megawatts elec­tric­ity through coal will be ob­tained from these plants. He said that these power plants are the first and the big­gest pro­ject of gen­er­a­tion of power from coal in Pak­istan for which Chi­nese com­pa­nies have made in­vest­ment.

He said that in­vest­ment of China in Pak­istan is not merely in­vest­ment but a splen­did gift for Pak­istan and the peo­ple of Pak­istan can­not for­get this great favour of China. He said that work has been started ex­pe­di­tiously on 1320 megawatt pro­ject in Sahi­wal two and half months af­ter the visit of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent and such a mo­ment has never been seen in the history of Pak­istan when work has been started so speed­ily for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a pro­ject. He said there is no doubt that Pak-China friend­ship is higher than Hi­malayas, deeper than ocean, sweeter than honey and stronger than steel. He said that Sahi­wal coal power projects are proof of this fact.

Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif said that when Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif came into power the is­sue of energy was very se­ri­ous. He said that Prime Min­is­ter worked very hard for the so­lu­tion of this is­sue with the help of China and dur­ing the visit of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent to Pak­istan, China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor pack­age of 43 bil­lion dol­lar pack­age was an­nounced out of which 33 bil­lion dol­lars is the Chi­nese in­vest­ment for energy projects and does not in­clude loan of even a sin­gle penny. He said that China could leave Pak­istan and make in­vest­ment in those coun­tries where sit­u­a­tion is very con­ducive for in­vest­ment but it se­lected Pak­istan which is a friend of China and we are deeply thank­ful to China.

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