GUJRANWALLA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday called upon opposition parties to shun their protesting agenda for the sake of national interests and lend support to government in its efforts for attaining fast track progress and prosperity.
“The agenda of protests is beyond comprehension. Why they are agitating! Whether they are against progress and prosperity of the country, removal of darkness, creation of job opportunities, youth employment scheme, setting up power plants, Kashghar to Khunjrab and Raikot to Islamabad links or protesting against projects like Nandipur or the future ones,” he expressed his astonishment,” the prime minister told the inauguration ceremony of first phase of Rs 57.38 billion Nandipur Power Project.
Calling upon a bunch of critics, he said those elements who were protesting should also consider that the government was working for the progress and prosperity of the country through a string of unprecedented projects. They should support the government in its endeavours for national progress and prosperity and realize whether the country might be left in the darkness or lit up with hope and prosperity, he added.
The prime minister said they were working for good governance and stability of democracy in the country but a set of people were bent upon protests, questioning them whether destruction of the country was their agenda or its development. “For God’s sake let the country head on the path of progress,” he added.
The prime minister referred to Karachi operation which was initiated to restore its image of ‘city of lights’ and said the crimes rate there had been brought down.
Over the gross negligence and corruption of the past which made the machinery of Nandipur project to rust at Karachi Port for three years, he said a notice in this regard should be taken. He regretted that due to such delay and corruption, loss of billions of rupees was incurred to the national kitty and also cited Neelum Jehlum Project where its cost jumped manifold.
The prime minister lamented that for completion of national projects, loans were acquired and frittered away recklessly without caring the interests of poor and toiling segments of the society.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to come up to the expectations of the masses which had expressed their complete confidence in the leadership of PML-N.
“We are not only completing projects in the areas where we got massive votes, but also in those areas where others got the mandate,” he said, adding, the people who were raising hue and cry, should also know that the PML-N government would continue with the network of development projects throughout the country irrespective of such things.
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