APP29-05 PASRUR: May 05 – Prime Minister Islamic Republic of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is addressing public gathering after inaugurating Dualization of Pasrur- Sialkot Road. APP photo by Muhammad Munir Butt

PASRUR, May 5 (APP):Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday said the politicians were mandated by masses to serve the country, so they deserved due respect and stressed that country’s progress was linked with this reverence.
He was addressing a gathering after performing the groundbreaking ceremony of dualization and improvement of Sialkot-Pasrur road.
The prime minister said, there would be no progress and development in the country till public representatives were accorded
due respect.
“Politicians should have the same respect as enjoyed by anyone else. The running of the country’s affairs was vested only with the politicians who were chosen by electorate through their ballots,” he added.
The prime minister further said the politicians worked for the country and always appeared before the public for their accountability after every five years.
They lived in the glass houses and had to bear all the stuff appearing in the newspapers or on Tv channels, he added.
The prime minister stressed upon giving respect to public mandate. Public verdict on polling booths should be respected, he added.

The prime minister said they always respected judicial verdicts and implemented them but decisions against politicians were not accepted by the people nor the history would endorse them.
He referred to the presence of Khawaja Muhammad Asif, former minister, at the stage and said the people of the area knew his political background who always served the masses.
On the mere issue of possessing visa, he stood disqualified, he said, questioning whether such decisions would serve the country!
Minister for State for Information and broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, former federal ministers Zahid Hamid, Khawaja Asif and political leaders were also present on the occasion.
The prime minister observed that the Constitution was very clear about the role of politicians and the masses in running the government’s affairs, the latter would have to take decision during elections and their verdict should be respected for five years.
He said under the vision of PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif, the government had been executing uplift projects throughout the country worth billion of rupees.
He also credited Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif for his marvelous performance in the province outdoing other provincial governments.
He said the people in other provinces also craved for such political leadership which could deliver on its promises.
He said there was not a single week in which he was not inaugurating development projects worth billion of rupees. The PML-N government only worked for the masses and the country.
“The PML-N government not only initiated new projects but completed them but also cleared the past backlog left unattended by the previous regimes,” he added.
The prime minister cited the Pasrur-Sialkot road and said this road network could have been completed in the past.
The PML-N government did not set 11 points after lapse of five years. In all parts of the country, numerous projects were being accomplished by the PML-N as its politics were centered on public welfare, he added.
Musharraf and other rulers had resources but they did not deliver, he regretted.
He said the PML-N government did not stuff pockets rather it passed on the benefits to the masses and mentioned country’s growing GDP which was set to cross 6 per cent mark.
He said different parties got opportunities to serve masses with the formation of their respective provincial governments.
The PML-N government also took decisions on the country’s sovereignty and was standing by its promises, he said, adding the electorates could clearly differentiate between the practical deeds and mere slogans.
People would take better decision so that the country could progress and would discourage the politics of indecency, he added.
The prime minister expressed his optimism that the PML-N would emerge victorious in the area with massive public support.
He also mentioned the historic background of the area and lauded the contributions made by Khawaja Asif and Zahid Hmaid for the development of the area.