Polls to be held on time; people should ignore rumors: PM

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APP60-11 KARACHI: May 11 - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurating National Incubation Center. APP

KARACHI, May 11 (APP):Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Friday said the general election would be held on time and people should ignore the rumors being spread out through media.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony of Pakistan’s premier high-tech deep water container port here, the prime minister said the government was striving to ensure that free and fair elections were held to provide people a chance to express their opinion transparently.
The ceremony was also attended by Minister for Maritime Affairs Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Minister for Finance Miftah Ismail, Minister for IT Anusha Rehman and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah.
The prime minister, who earlier inaugurated the facility by pressing the button, said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz never became part of any undemocratic initiative nor it would be in the future, believing that only the public representative government could address public issues.
He said the PML-N had introduced a model of politics focused at unprecedented public service and the future governments should follow the suit.
The prime minister also announced a bonus salary of the employees of the Karachi Port Trust and asked the ministry and other relevant authorities to ensure resolution of workers’ issues on priority.
He reiterated that the constitution had defined the limits of every institution to ensure smooth functioning of the state organs.
He said people would have to face the impact of their vote for next five years what he said was the lesson of democracy.
He said the Deep Port project was critical for Pakistan as it would help handle the shipments from Central Asia, China and Afghanistan.
He told the gathering that China Pakistan Economic Corridor was a visible part of Belt and Road Initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping aimed at regional connectivity.
He said Pakistan had constructed around 1800 kilometers long highways and 1700 kilometers long motorways to ensure regional connectivity to Pakistani ports particularly Gwadar Port.

Prime Minister Abbasi said the project had been completed under public private partnership which was the best model to execute the projects.
He said being a developing economy, Pakistan also looked forward to similar projects at other ports like Gwadar and Port Qasim.
He said the PML-N government had inherited various incomplete projects and it was former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who had decided to launch new projects besides accomplishing the half-complete ones.
He said the government had executed record development projects after addressing all challenges like terrorism, energy crises and law and order situation in Karachi.
He said the previous governments too had similar resources but they had not executed such development projects in their tenures.
He said the four year long efforts by the government had enabled it to introduce numerous tax relief measures, particularly the tax payers.
The prime minister assured the maritime affairs minister that the federal government would incorporate their demand into PSDP for the construction of expressway till newly constructed port besides connecting it with railway network.
In his address, Minister Hasil Bijenjo said the port project had been completed successfully sailing through various controversies. He said the second phase of the port project would increase its capacity. The credit for completion of the project went to Nawaz Sharif, he added.
He hoped that the next cabinet meeting would approve the Ferry Policy that would provide ferry service from Karachi to Gwadar, Chahbahar, Oman and Dubai.
The minister also requested the federal government to extend the period of tax exemption on vessels till 2040 to increase the business activity and uplift the industry.