Govt committed to fast-track development: PM
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.