Kisan Package, motorways, anti-terrorism efforts to herald New Pakistan: PM

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SIALKOT, Nov 06 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
Friday said announcement of a historic Kisan Package,
Karachi-Lahore Motorway, ongoing efforts to rid country of terrorism
and power crisis would herald a real New Pakistan.
“The previous governments did nothing for power generation. We
accepted this challenge and will resolve the issue within
stint…Operation against terrorism will continue till the menace is
rooted out. We will not allow decapitation and killings in name of
Islam,” the Prime Minister said addressing a ceremony of cheque
distribution among the farmers under the Kisan Package.
He said the government would break ground for Lahore-Karachi
Motorway by next month. Work on Hazara Motorway was already underway
that, in next phases, would link the country with China through
Khunjrab.
He said a network of roads would be constructed under China-
Pakistan Economic Corridor enhancing connectivity among the
provinces as well as the states.
“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is being linked with Balochistan through
the western corridor. This will also link Quetta with Iran. A road
to connect Torkham and Jalalabad is also being constructed,” the
Prime Minister said.
He said since his previous government built Lahore-Islamabad
and Islamabad-Peshawar Motorways in 1999, the successor governments
could not expand the network during last 16 years.
Nawaz Sharif said a motorway between Sialkot and Lahore would
be built soon as all arrangements in this regard had been finalized.
He said once these motorway projects were completed, the people
would be able to reach Karachi from Sialkot within few hours by road
without bearing the high airfares.
“This is New Pakistan which is in the making. This is called
New Pakistan. This is the mindset and ideology of development,” he
commented.
The Prime Minister said Sialkot district generates the
foreign exchange of around US$ two billion and rest of the districts
should also follow the suit, what if done, can collectively take the
foreign exchange volume to US$ 200 billion.
Appreciating the role of agriculture community for national
economy, the Prime Minister said through Kisan Package, the
government desired to mitigate the losses faced by the farmers
incurred by the decreased prices of produces in international
market.