ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid on Sunday said Imran Khan is playing the politics of hatred and provincialism.
In a statement, he said Imran’s allegations on Punjab for taking major chunk of development projects reflects not only his ignorance of the facts but also lack of basic knowledge about the scheme of allocations of funds to the federating units. He said that more than 52 percent is allocated to provinces in annual federal budget as per 7th NFC formula. He said that the provinces were enjoying autonomy and financial powers since the unanimous passage of 18th amendment by the parliament. “Earlier the funds used to be distributed on the basis of population while now backwardness and lack of development of any federating unit is also taken into consideration,” he said.
The minister said for the first time in 65-year history of Pakistan, major development projects have been launched in smaller provinces like Khunjrab Pass in Balochistan and Lahore-Karachi Motorway in Sindh. He said power projects in Gadani, Balochistan, Jamshoro, Sindh and Dasu and Bhasha dams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are evidence of the fact that the development of smaller provinces is the priority of the present government and it is committed to raise the living standards of the people in deprived areas. He said prime minister’s fee imbursement schemes and business loan schemes lay special focus on smaller provinces and HEC is also providing major incentives to the students in smaller provinces, he said.
The minister said, “One wonders why Imran is so ignorant of these basic documented facts. He should tell on whose signals he is doing all this. Did he ever visit the starved people of Thar? Did Imran ever offer the funeral of any martyred who sacrificed his life for the sake of the nation. He should tell those fighting for Pakistan are martyred or are fighting an American war?”. Bashing the political process and democratic institutions amounts to challenging the basis of democracy, he said, and added that Imran needs to focus on his performance in the province where his party rules.
The minister said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the only province which is falling behind in education ranking of last year. Not even a single district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is on the list of 20 best performing districts of Pakistan, he noted, and suggested that Imran should hire the services of capable men who could keep him abreast of the current and documented facts. He said Imran does not like development of Gwadar and establishment of power plants in Gaddani.
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