Multan (April 14, 2018): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has urged all political parties to sit together and reach consensus on the creation of more provinces in the country.
Addressing public gathering in Bahawalpur, he said that new provinces can also be created only through dialogue and consensus.
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The Prime Minister said it is the PML (N) which has carried out unprecedented development work in South Punjab. We have opened schools, colleges, and hospitals and installed power plants in this region.
He also stressed that the political decisions are not taken at the court rooms but by the people of the country at the polling stations.
Referring to the recent judgment of the apex court against PML (N) Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, he said the government has accepted the decision but the history will not accept it.Highlighting in detail the development projects executed by the PML (N) in the entire country, the prime minister said our opponents are scared of the unprecedented development work executed by the government over the last five years. We added about 10400 megawatt of electricity to the national grid.
He said we strongly believe in promotion of democratic values and despite all challenges we adhered to the politics of dignity and decency.
The prime minister said all political parties should incorporate the demand of new provinces in their manifestos and hold dialogue after general election to evolve consensus on the subject.“The same demand exists in KP, Sindh and Balochistan. People also talk of South Punjab. People also talk of Hazara and South KP. This is a political dialogue. All political parties should join their heads as no single party can decide it,” he remarked.
Referring to some parliamentarians of the Pakistan Muslim League-N who had recently announced their resignations in a press conference, calling for a South Punjab province, the prime minister said they had been the part of the PML-N government for last five years and they should have raised the issue there.
Holding press conferences two months before the election will not help resolve public issues. Public representation is not made through press conferences but by public service, the prime minister remarked.He recalled that it was only the PML-N that had got passed resolution for South Punjab and Bahwalpur provinces.
The prime minister, who earlier unveiled the plaque of the project, said the Seraiki people always showed loyalty to PML-N and elected the representatives who served them as well as the country. He hoped that the PML-N would stand victorious in next polls as the party had executed record development projects, having no comparison with the performance of government’s during the last 65 years.
He said the PML-N’s performance always haunted its opponents and they very characteristic would take it to lead the next election.He said the credit of accomplishing all half-complete projects of its predecessors also went to PML-N government, be it Lowari Tunnel, Kachi Canal, Neelum Jhelum or the one inaugurated on the day.
Prime Minister Abbasi told the gathering that the project had cost Rs 5 billion and said that his party always ensured the completion of development projects.
Since its inception, only 20,000 megawatt were produced in the country, but the incumbent government executed power projects to inject another 10,400MW to national grid, he added.
He also drew comparison between the development works, done in the opposition-led Sindh and KP provinces and those in the Punjab.Earlier, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated forty-five kilometer Jalalpur Pirwala-Uch Sharif section of National Highway near Bahawalpur.
The prime minister was accompanied by Minister for Education and Professional Training Engineer Muhammad Balighur Rehman and parliamentarians from the area as he unveiled the plaque of the project involving up-gradation and rehabilitation of the road.
Rehabilitation and up gradation of road has been completed at a cost of two point five billion rupees under Public Sector Development Programme for southern Punjab.
The project after completion has connected four districts of South Punjab Bahawalpur, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan and Muzaffargarh.
It will help in providing better communication facilities and boost economic activities in far flung areas of southern Punjab.
The Prime Minister will address a gathering on the occasion.
He will also meet notables in Bahawalpur today.