Sailkot: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday told his opponents that the masses had rejected their negative politics that wanted to push the country back to 2013 and they would get befitting reply in 2018 elections.
Prime Minister made these assertions while addressing the Sialkot Chambers of Commerce and Industry after inaugurating the Riaz-uddin Sheikh Business Centre, where he vowed to take Pakistan amongst the top ranking developed countries. The business community reposed full confidence in his economic
policies and stressed continuity.
Prime Minister Sharif said the Pakistan of 2017 was much better than the one of 2013 and those demanding his resignation were the ones who did not wish to take Pakistan towards stability.
He hinted about carrying out legislation under treason offence against those who are trying to block the progress and development of the country by making baseless allegations, and negative activities. He asked the federal minister concerned to undertake requisite legislation for the purpose. He questioned if there is anybody who catch these elements with collar.
He said he believed that the only way forward was to address poverty, unemployment and terrorism, by undertaking development in all spheres. The Prime Minister regretted that the ongoing so-called accountability was only aimed at creating disability in the country.
He said not even a penny of corruption had been proved against him. He said he and his party would come out clean from all this mess that had been going on since 2014. He mentioned earlier two phases of sit-ins only created hurdles in Pakistan’s march towards progress and prosperity. The Prime Minister rejected the ongoing campaign against his pro-development government and said the stock market rose from 19,000 to 54,000 points since he came into power.
He, however, regretted that due to the ongoing situation, it slumped by 10,000 points. “Who is responsible for this loss?” he questioned. He said the US 56 billion dollars investment by China in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was delayed by six months due to the sit-in at Islamabad.
He termed it an extensive infrastructure development programme that was unprecedented in Pakistan’s history. He said a number of road projects were near completion and added he would inaugurate the new sections soon. The Prime Minister said first two years of his government were spent on arranging funds for development projects and today long hours of loadshedding were a thing of the past.
SCCI President Majid Raza Bhutta called for continuity of business-friendly policies for economic stability, development and prosperity of the country.
Federal ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Chaudhry Ahsan Iqbal, Engineer Khurram Dastgir, Chairman FBR Tariq Pasha, members of the national and provincial assemblies and representatives of trade bodies were also present on the occasion.
Later, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also addressed a meeting of local parliamentarians and party workers at the residence of Khawaja Muhammad Asif at Sialkot Cantonment. The Prime Minister also visited the site of Sialkot-Lahore Motorway project which was being executed at a cost of Rs53 billion, and reviewed the pace of work.
The Prime Minister had an aerial view of the Lahore-Sialkot and Lahore-Multan sections of the Pakistan Motorway, that are being completed at a fast pace to link Peshawar with Karachi, and serve as the backbone for the CPEC. Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal, Director General Frontier Works Organisation (DG FWO) briefed him on progress on various sections of the six-lane wide sections of the road and informed that international road standards and quality were being ensured.
He said service areas along motorway would have all necessary facilities including rest areas, food courts, petrol stations and workshops. Nawaz directed that connectivity should be the focus and easy access to farm to market roads, remote areas must be ensured.
He said the completion of these sections would speed up work on CPEC that would link Pakistan with the Central Asia and serve as the regional economic hub.
The Prime Minister was briefed through a presentation and maps about progress on different sections. He was informed that quality and timely completion were the hallmarks of the project. The National Highway Authority (NHA) briefed him about the Lahore-Multan’s Abdul Hakeem section and Lahore Eastern Bypass projects that would cut down travel time and provide fast access to the people.
Nawaz expressed resolve to thwart all attempts at sabotaging the pace of progress and said the unprecedented infrastructure development and road network projects would be completed on time.