Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday took a jibe at Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and said that revolution is only possible with the support of the masses, adding that “these new entrants in politics do not have people’s support”.
“Some parties came to power through crutches but they were washed away because they did not have roots in the masses,” the prime minister told a public gathering in Sargodha.
He said all the major political parties, including the PML-Q, the ANP and the MQM were co-operating with the PPP. “It is our power that we are going along with all the parties through reconciliation,” he added.
In an apparent reference to PTI, Gilani said that other political parties were misguiding the people. “The new political parties do not have any concrete programme and manifestos,” he said. “We’re committed people and will remain with you in the future as well,” he added.
The prime minister highlighted his government’s contribution to the city’s development.
“Rs3.5 billion worth of electricity and gas projects have been completed in Sargodha by the present government,” Gilani said.
Over 100,000 people are benefiting from electricity provided to 1,123 villages while another 330,000 people are benefiting from 115 gas projects, the premier said.
He also announced upgrading the city’s under-construction medical college into a teaching hospital, opening regional offices of Sui gas and income tax departments and training the city’s unemployed youth through the national vocational and technical training commission (Navtec).
Gilani said the government has abolished export duty on kinno, to enhance the export of kinno from Sargodha to Indonesia. The government has also announced reduction in duty on tractors for the benefit of farmers, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2012.
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