Govt com­mit­ted to fast-track de­vel­op­ment: PM

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Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on Tues­day said that his govern­ment was com­mit­ted to the fast-track de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try and would not be de­terred by the petty pol­i­tics of sit-ins.

Ad­dress­ing a large gath­er­ing here af­ter re­view­ing the progress on the $ 1.8 bil­lion Sahi­wal Coal Power Pro­ject that would add 1320 MW to the na­tional grid by the end of 2017, he said the pos­i­tive eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors and turn-around were a glar­ing proof of the gov­ernemnt's achieve­ments in a short span of time.

Nawaz Sharif re­gret­ted the pol­i­tics of crit­i­cism and con­fronta­tion and said the protests and ob­jec­tions on na­tional projects, for petty gains, were not do­ing any ser­vice to the na­tion.

"Had there been no sit-ins in Pak­istan many of the de­layed projects would have been com­pleted by now," he said in a ref­er­ence to the protest of Pak­istan Tehreek-eIn­saaf in Is­lam­abad that had de­layed the visit of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent to the coun­try. The Prime Min­is­ter said the govern­ment was com­mit­ted to take the coun­try for­ward on the path of progress and pros­per­ity. The on­go­ing projects were for the peo­ple and not for the work­ers of Pak­istan Mus­lim League alone.

He men­tioned the protests against the Or­ange Line Train pro­ject and said it was for the peo­ple of Pak­istan by pro­vid­ing them qual­ity trans­port fa­cil­ity at very af­ford­able cost. He also pointed out that those, who were crit­i­cal of the first Mo­tor­way pro­ject in Pak­istan, were to­day among the most fre­quent users of the fa­cil­ity, but had no guts to ad­mit its im­por­tance.

The Prime Min­is­ter said that Pak­istan was on the path of progress and pros­per­ity, as a net­work of roads and mo­tor­ways were be­ing con­structed, along with large in­fra­struc­ture projects. The Chi­nese Pres­i­dent dur­ing his visit had an­nounced $46 bil­lion in­vest­ment in dif­fer­ent power projects, that would gen­er­ate em­ploy­ments and mas­sive eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, he added.

Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif Tues­day said the de­vel­op­ment of Balochis­tan will re­main a top pri­or­ity of his govern­ment's agenda in the years ahead.

He was talk­ing to Speaker Balochis­tan As­sem­bly Ms. Rahila Hameed Dur­rani who called on him here at the PM House.The Prime Min­is­ter said Balochis­tan was close to his heart and peace and pros­per­ity of the Prov­ince has been top pri­or­ity of the present govern­ment. Sharif said peace in the Prov­ince has been re­stored due to com­mend­able ef­forts of the civil and mil­i­tary Law En­force­ment Agen­cies dur­ing the past three years.

The Prime Min­is­ter said it was highly en­cour­ag­ing that a woman has been elected as Speaker of Balochis­tan Pro­vin­cial As­sem­bly for the first time. Ms. Rahila Dur­rani thanked the Prime Min­is­ter for his keen in­ter­est in restora­tion of peace and putting the Prov­ince on the path of de­vel­op­ment. Ms. Dur­rani briefed the Prime Min­is­ter on the par­lia­men­tary and leg­isla­tive pro­ceed­ings in the Pro­vin­cial As­sem­bly.

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