Rs1 trillion development budget unprecedented in history of Pakistan: PM

Published: May 26, 2017
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Nawaz says today’s Pakistan is much stronger, stable than what his government inherited in 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Nawaz says today’s Pakistan is much stronger, stable than what his government inherited in 2013. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led government is determined to bring positive reforms in governance despite opposition from various segments, said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday.

“We are working to introduce governance reforms, which is a long process with opposition from various segments,” PM Nawaz said while addressing the ruling party’s lawmakers in Islamabad. Claiming that his government was accountable to the nation, the prime minister said only people will decide “who is working hard and who did not work at all”.

Nawaz went on to claim that today’s Pakistan was much stronger and stable than the one which his government inherited in 2013. “We are even working hard to complete those projects which were abandoned by the past regimes because we want development of Pakistan and our people,” he said.

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The premier upheld that development projects are being completed in the country on a fast pace with utmost transparency and efficiency. “Previously the development projects were delayed and cost over-run was common but now we are achieving savings on those projects.”

Referring to the allocations for the next financial year in the upcoming budget, PM Nawaz said: “The development budget of Rs1 trillion is unprecedented in the history of Pakistan.” He said the government was not only working on energy projects but its aim was also to provide affordable energy to power consumers. “CPEC projects are being expeditiously completed and 3600MW of electricity would be added to the national grid in next few months,” he added.

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  • Mohammad chaudhry
    May 28, 2017 - 10:00AM

    Let’s hope that SC takes Suomoto notice of this huge allocation of Rs.272 billions constituting 27% of total development allocation for 2017-18 budget, at the discretion of P.M particularly in election year budget as stooges in the parliament are most likely to approve it. I recall last P.M Raja spent 50 billion in his constituency and a case was registered against him for misuse of his discretion.Recommend

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