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HAFIZABAD, Aug 7 (APP): Minister of State for Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar on Sunday criticised dharna politics and said the present government would strive for progress and prosperity of the nation.

Speaking at a press conference here, she said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) last year sit-in created hurdles in the way to progress and prosperity of the country.

She said under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the government would continue its efforts to raise living standard of the masses besides eliminating poverty and unemployment.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would be victorious in the next general elections like overwhelming success in the AJK, Gilgit and Baltistan, and local bodies elections, she added.

The minister said during the last eight years development projects worth Rs 9,575 million had been executed in the district, including Rs 1,893 million in the education sector, Rs 460 million in the health sector, Rs 730 million on the embankment of River Chenab, Rs 610 million on different schemes of Public Health Engineering Department.

Replying to a question regarding sewerage system, she said a project had been started which would be completed during the current year at a cost of Rs 200 million which would resolve the problem of the city.

Replying to another question, she said local bodies would be functional by September 15 to resolve problems at local level.

Answering a querry, she said the government was not afraid of Panama Leaks scandal and added the issue of ToRs would be resolved.