Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf members have accused the government of neglecting northern Punjab in its spending plans for next year, saying the budget concentrated on the central and southern parts of the province.
During Thursday’s budget debate, Opposition Leader Mehmoodur Rasheed and his young colleagues in the PTI elected from Rawalpindi division highlighted the grievances of residents of northern Punjab, an interesting role reversal from previous assemblies when southern Punjab was often painted as the most ignored region in the province.
Rasheed said that Rs93 billion had been allocated for southern Punjab in the budget, but northern Punjab had been ignored.
MPA Malik Taimour also spoke on the subject. He said that the government had allocated Rs20 billion for the construction of labour complexes in Lahore, Kasur and Multan, but ignored Wah Cantt, Taxila and Rawalpindi, home to several heavy industries.
The government had allocated Rs17 billion for the construction of seven dams in the Potohar region, but had not mentioned how much for this year.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2013.