Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday that the mission of the Pakistan Muslim League-N government was to uphold the national interest and ensure selfless service to the people.
He said the government was striving to solve problems faced by the common man and woman. He said work was underway on development projects of billions of rupees to uplift the country’s economy. He said the standards of living of the people would be improved with completion of work on these projects.
“The PML-N leadership considers politics as a form of worship. Some self-centered people are trying to create hurdles in the path of progress and prosperity. The nation will not let anyone come in the way of development and prosperity,” he said.
Shahbaz was speaking in a meeting with a delegation of PML-N MNAs.
He said the people had rejected those opposed to the implementation of public welfare projects.
He said state-of-the-art transport facilities would be provided in the rural areas once an extensive network of farm-to-market roads was laid in the province under the Khadim-i-Punjab Rural Roads programme. He said the project would help uplift the rural economy.
On the Orange Line Metro Train project, he said it was a unique effort and there was no precedent in the country’s history of the implementation of a similar public transport project. He said international standard travelling facilities would be provided to millions of people as a result of the project.
He said those indulging in undue criticism of public welfare projects were opposed to provision of facilities to the masses. “These people are the enemies of progress and prosperity. These elites have no interest in the welfare of the masses. They cannot tolerate that the government is facilitating the poor,” he said.
Sharif said there were many critics of the metro bus project as well. They were left speechless as a result of the success of the project, he said. He said the critics of the metro train project would be similarly dealt with. He said metro bus service was providing safe and comfortable transport facility to hundreds of thousands of people in several cities of the province.
PML-N MNA Hanif Abbasi briefed the chief minister on various development projects carried out in Rawalpindi.
He said work had been completed for the establishment of a public park adjacent to the Institute of Urology, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, and other recreational facilities including cricket grounds for the youth. He thanked the provincial government for allocating huge sums of money for development projects in Rawalpindi.
He said the Institute of Urology would be equipped with modern treatment facilities for kidney and bladder diseases.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2016.