CHAKWAL: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that they would not let anyone create unrest in the country on August 14 – Independence Day.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony for the construction of the Mandra-Chakwal and Sohawa-Chakwal dualway at Dhudial, the prime minister said that his government was determined to change the destiny of the country and its people in the next four years as its first year would be a role model for the remaining mandated period. “We will turn the country into a paradise by ridding it of terrorism and all types of crimes,” he avowed.
The prime minister announced amid thunderous applause that no one could stop his government from serving the people as the masses had created it. He ridiculed those who were demanding the government to step down and said that the government was being felicitated by the people for bringing the rate of the US dollar down. Without naming MNA Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad, the prime minister reminded the audience that someone had challenged the government that if it succeeded in bringing the rate of the US dollar below one hundred rupees, he would resign was now asking the government to quit.
At this, the crowd started chanting slogans against Shaikh Rasheed by taking his nickname shouting against Shaikh Rashid by taking his nickname but Nawaz Sharif stopped it. The ceremony was also attended by former federal minister Lt Gen (R) Abdul Majid Malik, Lt Gen (R) Malik Abdul Qayyum, Minister of State Abdul Hakim Baloch, MNAs Begum Iffat Liaquat and Sardar Mumtaz Tamman. It was addressed by former minister of state Major (R) Malik Tahir Iqbal and federal parliamentary secretary for establishment Raja Javaid Ikhlas.
The prime minister announced that both the roads would be completed by the National Logistic Cell (NLC) at a cost of Rs9 billion. He told the people that the NLC chief had given consent to construct the roads in twelve months instead of original plan of eighteen months, and for the purpose the government would provide funds promptly. He announced the construction of northern by-pass for Chakwal city that would minimise traffic density inside the city.
The prime minister was briefed by NLC Director General Major General Asghar Nawaz about the project’s details. He told the premier that 130km long road with a width of 24 feet would benefit the people of Chakwal, Khushab, Sohawa, Talagang, Mianwali and D I Khan. Both the roads would be constructed as dual carriageways. Nawaz Sharif announced that the government had chalked out comprehensive development package for the whole of country. “We have initiated several road infrastructure projects, energy projects, railway up-gradation projects and new railway track projects in the country and these projects were not limited to a specific area but covered whole of Pakistan,” the prime minister said.
He said that ten coal power projects in Gadani, two coal power projects in Port Qasim, four power plants in different locations of Punjab, ten coal power projects in Thar, Dasu Dam, Diamer-Bhasha Dam and Civil Nuclear Power Project in Karachi spoke volumes about government’s commitment to resolve the energy crisis being faced by the country. “We are striving for long-term as well as short-term coal, hydel and nuclear power projects so that cheap and abundant electricity can be available to people of Pakistan in next few years,” he added.
The prime minister reminded the people that the power crisis could not be resolved overnight as the previous governments did not take any concrete measures to resolve the issue and it was now present government that had taken up this task on war footing.
“We started the concept of motorways in Pakistan and now a large area of our population is enjoying its benefits. And it is our government which has decided to extend the motorway up to Karachi. The construction of new railway track of Islamabad-Muzaffarabad, announced by our government, is the only new track planned by the Railways since the inception of Pakistan. Such are the steps taken by our government to put Pakistan back on path to progress that the multi-lateral donors have started building up their confidence in Pakistan’s economy. The economic indicators of our economy are positive, while the recent Moody’s rating has also rated Pakistan better in economic standings,” Nawaz Sharif said and added that these were the achievements of only first year in government and the people could well imagine that destiny of the country would be changed in next four years, if the developmental activities were continued at the same pace. “We have a commitment of development with our people and we stand by it. We have solution to all the problems being faced by our country and we are going step by step to resolve them. The piled up problems will take sometimes to be sorted out,” he said.
Prime Minister Nawaz said his government had taken strong and united stand against terrorism, be it law and order situation in Karachi or terrorism issue and the results of the efforts were evident.The prime minister paid tribute to the people of Chakwal whose soldiers had played remarkable role in safeguarding the country and called it a city of ‘Ghazi and Shuhada’. (Courtesy: The News)