‘I’ve people’s mandate’, insists Prime Minister

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Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the government would not be deterred by political blustering and would continue to pursue the agenda of development and prosperity.

“However, if corruption worth a single penny is proved against me, I will not wait for a moment to quit,” the Prime Minister said in his address to a public gathering here. The large gathering attracted supporters of Pakistan Muslims League-N and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) led by its chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

The Prime Minister said he enjoyed the public mandate and would not leave on the wishes of a few people. Nawaz Sharif said those who claimed to have made a “new Khyber Pukhtunkhwa” should see the woeful condition across the province.

“They promised people of KPK a change with a view to garnering votes, but did not bring any change,” he said, referring to the leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf that rule the province.

The Prime Minister said during his visits to the KPK’s cities including Bannu, Peshawar, Mansehra and Shinkiari, he found nowhere a ‘new KPK’, but the same shabby buildings of schools and hospitals. Instead, Sharif said, his government had ushered in a new era of development with launch of a network of new motorways and roads across the country.

The Prime Minister said such leaders pursued the politics of sit-ins and lamented about perceived rigging in the general election 2013; however, the Supreme Court ruled that “there was no fixing of polls.” He said the public should realise the difference between the leaders involved in negative politics and those believing in the politics of development.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said several mega development projects including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would ensure development across the country. He vowed an end to power shortages by 2018.

He said his visit to Bannu was aimed at launching several development and welfare projects for the people who had been facing apathy of the KPK government. He performed the ground-breaking of gas supply project for five union councils of Bannu. The project costing Rs 259,500,000 will be completed in a year.

He also announced upgradation of roads from Kohat to Sarai Kambela and Sarai Kambela to Dera Ismail Khan and enhancing electricity generation capacity of a 350MW power house in Bannu to 700MW. The PM announced that the federal government has decided to establish a university in Lakki Marwat to cater to the educational needs of local people.

He also announced construction of Bannu International Airport and setting up economic zones in Kohat and Karak. He announced provision of Rs 200 million each for the district and tehsil councils of Bannu.

Source: Business Recorder