Wattoo criticises govt’s ‘discriminatory’ development strategy


LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo has criticised the Punjab government’s ‘discriminatory development strategy’, adding that the metro train project manifests the same. 
In a statement on Friday, he said that the discriminatory policy would not yield any results because the people living in the rest of the regions would resist the same. 
Wattoo added that the Metro Bus Project costing Rs 74 billion was completed after diverting funds that were earlier allocated to health and education sectors when patients requiring dialysis were being given three-month time in government hospitals and that most of them die before getting treatment. 
He said that it was constitutional duty of the government to provide education, health and food security to the people but that the Punjab government had miserably failed in this regard. 
He said that the province was under the control of dacoits and surge in heinous crimes like kidnapping for ransom, daylight robberies and rampant incidents of desecration of women have become common, leaving the people terrified and in the grip of acute sense of insecurity. He said that the metro train and other projects would be of no worth if citizen’s life, dignity and property were not safe. 
He urged the government to divert resources to law-enforcement agencies instead of wasting them on wrong priorities. 
He said that the present government had resorted to heavy borrowings and that it had borrowed more money in one year than what the PPP did in five years. 

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