Islamabad: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday while addressing the National Health Programme ceremony at Hafizabad has said that “institutions must prioritize working within their constitutional limits for country’s development”. “Public representation is a tough task, an area with able representatives encompass the potential of development,” he added.
Referring to conspiracies against the ruling government the premier said that despite sit-ins and protests against the government, it continued developmental work. “When the government came into rule the industries were dysfunctional. The existing government ended energy crisis and contributed 10,000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid,” the premier added.
The Prime Minister said that Senate elections will take place on March 3, dishonesty will not be tolerated, will compete against money-backed candidates, public will give its verdict in July 2018.
Regarding judiciary and parliament the PM said that the two institutions “must respect each other and abide by the law.” “We respect the courts, decisions made in Parliament should also be accepted, Parliament is the only institution audit of which is conducted after every fives year and is conducted by the public.”
He said the political decisions were made by the people at polling stations. He said the health insurance card would ensure free of charge medical treatment of up to Rs 0.3 million to the entitled persons in best hospitals of the area.
The prime minister who launched the health scheme by distributing health insurance cards among the needy men and women from various localities of the district, said the people had already given their verdict on Nawaz Sharif’s politics in recent election in Lodhran.
“You will see the repetition of this decision in July elections too,” he added. He said the labeling of public representatives as mafia, thieves or dacoits was not appropriate as the government respected all institutions so the institutions were also bound to show mutual respect.
He said since the last two years, Nawaz Sharif was being portrayed as the lone accused in the country and being implicated on similar charges in different forms. He said public representation was not an easy task, so while voting, the people should judge as who would be capable of representing them the right way and raise the national issues.
Above all the, the moral authority of the candidate should be judged, he said and added the tendencies of serving one’s own interests and public’s could not go along. He said under Nawaz Sharif’s leadership, the PML-N always resolved national and public issues and talked of country’s development.
Even the projects executed during the last five years were more than those done during last 65 years, he added. He reiterated that against 17,000 MW generated since inception, this government added 10,000 MW to national grid, besides ensuring surplus gas supply and enabling the country to export 0.6 million tons fertilizer that otherwise used to import one million tons of the commodity.
The ceremony was also attended by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Federal Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State Arshad Leghari, Punjab Health Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique, Special Assistant to PM Dr Musaddik Malik, Mian Shahid Bhatti MNA, PML-N leader Afzal Tarar and senior officials from ministries and divisions, allied with the programme.