NAROWAL, May 5 (APP):Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday emphasized that all institutions in the country should function under their constitutional limits.
He was addressing a gathering after the groundbreaking ceremony of 4-lane Narowal – Lahore-Sialkot Motorway link highway.
The Prime minister said people of the country had mandated the PML-N government to run affairs of the country and it would function till last minute.
He made it clear that running affairs of the government was not the domain of the courts or the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
He stressed upon the ECP to ensure holding of elections within sixty days as there were certain elements who did not want the general election on time.
It was the requirement of the Constitution to hold elections within sixty days after the completion of tenure by a democratic government, he said and warned the political adversaries that they would go to the courts and the public if any delay was caused in holding of elections.
The prime minister said the PML-N government implemented the judicial verdicts and never challenged them. Khawaja Asif popularity had been strengthened after his disqualification.
He said the countrymen were aware about all developments and would decide with their votes in the general election.
The people knew the politicians sitting on the stage who were doing politics with respect and devotion for the country and its people. PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif also proved it practically, he said, adding the PML-N government never went for the blame game and demeaned anyone as it always promoted decency in politics.
The prime minister said that all institutions in the country should work for the development of the country and save it from plunging back into the darkness.
“With judicial verdicts and NAB’s functioning, the country could not attain progress,” he added.
About the 4-lane Narowal – Lahore-Sialkot Motorway link highway, the prime minister said the Rs 16 billion project would serve as a milestone in the development of the area and its effects would be far reaching and rapid.
He said during 2013, Nawaz Sharif took a decision that he would go for completion of projects and would not mere perform the grounds breaking.
The prime minister said different projects in the country were initiated and completed by the PML-N government which had been left unattended by previous government.
The government performed well during the last five years which was unparalleled in the country’s history and its functioning could be compared with others in the last 65 years, he added.
The prime minister maintained that Musharraf and Zardari governments had resources with them but they could not execute any mega project.
He said it was the PML-N that with the grace of Almighty Allah, accomplished a number of mega projects. The federal government outdid the previous governments on basis of its commitment and performance.
“We are contesting with those elements that do not have enough in their baggage to go in the public and show their performance,” he added.
Minister for State for Information and broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, former federal ministers Zahid Hamid, Khawaja Asif and political leaders were present on the occasion.
The prime minister said the success of the PML-N government could be attributed to a thinking cultivated by its supreme leader Nawaz Sharif.
He said path for the country’s progress had been paved with functioning of the ports, road networks and energy projects.
It was made possible due to the prudent decision taken by masses during 2013, he said, adding the challenges would continue but country’s economy was on the sound footings.
The prime minister said in the past when a prime minister was removed, the party in power reeled back into chaos but the situation had changed.
Referring to political opponents’ tactics, the prime minister regretted that if instability was not created, the country could have achieved greater progress and development.
He said though Nawaz Sharif could not contest elections due to a judicial verdict but it was reality, the people would vote for him.
The prime minister said the country which was once could not get $65 dollar investment was now being injected with $65 billion dollars projects.
He said the countrymen could easily detect a vast difference between the economic situation of the country during the 2013 and the 2018.
He expressed the hope that the PML-N would bag more seats in the upcoming general elections on the basis of its dedication and work.
Minister for interior Ahsan Iqbal in his address said in 2018, Pakistan now stood distinct when compared with 2013. The elections would be contested on this basis.
He said all conspiracies against the PML-N would fail and the continuity of economic reforms would be ensured.
Directing his criticism towards PTI chairman Imran Khan, he said if Korea, China or Germany had the leaders like him, their development pace would have also been halted.
The PTI’s dharna politics had undermined the country’s development. Running of country’s affairs could not be handed over to person like Imran Khan who had no experience of even working in a union council, he added.
About PTI’s provincial government in KPK, he said Peshawar was lying in ruins due to incomplete Rapid Bus Service project.
He said the changes could not be brought about by sitting inside containers, it required practical work.
The minister noted that nations could develop themselves with modern infrastructure, availability of energy resources, durable peace and human development, that’s why the PML-N government had focused on these key areas.
Ahsan Iqbal said no dictator could complete a single mega project. On the other hand, the PML-N completed 1700 kms motorway network which in the next year, would reach to 2200kms.
The minister also lauded the prime minister for the completion of energy projects and overcoming the issue.
Earlier, the prime minister performed the groundbreaking ceremony of 4-lane Narowal – Lahore-Sialkot Motorway link highway.
The construction of 73 km long four-Lane link highway will significantly reduce the distance and travel time between Lahore and Narowal District.
The four-lane dual carriageway project will connect Narowal, Narang Mandi and adjoining areas with motorway network through Lahore-Sialkot Motorway (LSM) providing high speed transportation for the commuters, resulting in huge boost for agricultural, economic and commercial activities.
Narowal bypass, part of ring road, will reduce traffic congestion in Narowal city and provide uninterrupted travelling through Shakargarh and Pasrur. About 1.5 million population will benefit from the project.
Around 11000 vehicles will pass along this section daily and the travel time between Lahore and Narowal will be reduced by one hour. The project will cost around 16 billion rupees and will be completed in 18 months.