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Economy is progressing as government focusing on it: Nawaz Sharif

03 May, 2017

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LAYYAH: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday rejected the politics of mud-slinging and blame-game being practiced by his opponents.

"We consider politics as a service to the people and will continue to serve them with devotion and dedication," he said while addressing a gathering after the ground-breaking of the Rs 7 billion Layyah-Taunsa Bridge.

The Prime Minister said all areas of the economy were progressing as the government was equally focusing on them. He appreciated what he described as the 'one-mile long' gathering and said he was shocked to see empty chairs in the recent 'jalsi' by his opponents in Islamabad. Over 10 such 'mini gatherings' can be accommodated in today's PML-N gathering, he added. The people, he said, had rejected such leaders in the general election in 2013 and today's gathering was a reflection of the way things would turn out in 2018. The prime minister said had there been no tent, the opposition would have been shocked to see the mammoth gathering. The 'sea of people' had come out to support Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and his government.

The prime minister said the enemies of Pakistan did not want to see the completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as they were against development, employment opportunities, construction of roads and bridges and an end to load shedding. He said, "Our opponents' agenda is only to level baseless allegations, telling lies and creating chaos as is evident from their daily tirade of accusations and lies, besides use of dirty language. However, we never stoop to such low levels. If the opponents had any courage they should nominate a candidate for contesting an election from here and then they would have seen the candidate's surety bond confiscated" he said.

The Prime Minister said he was in Layyah to launch string of new development programmes. He said when he came to power he had promised an end to load shedding and initiated a number of power Projects. He said he had already inaugurated a few while many of them were nearing completion.

"By next year we will add 10,000 MW to the national grid. It will not only be abundant, but also cheap," he said.

The prime minister said for the farmers, the prices of urea and DAP fertilizers had already been reduced which would be further dropped in the coming days.

The prime minister said the new bridge would reduce the distance between Layyah and Taunsa by about 150 km and now the people of the area would reach the Indus Highway in half an hour. He announced the supply of natural gas for Chowk Azam, Krore and Fatehpur to fulfill the long-standing demand of the people, besides construction of a new 50 km long rural road and remodelling of the Thal Canal.

Nawaz Sharif also announced the Prime Minister's Healthcare Card Scheme for the area through which the government would fully fund treatment of the poor, who would now need not sell their property or take loans anymore for the purpose.

He said all the designated hospitals would provide treatment and medicines free of charge to the people suffering from serious ailments. He said his government was proud to have launched a string of development schemes, unlike the opponents, who despite being the elected government in the province and making tall claims of a new Pakistan, had in reality pushed the country backward.

The prime minister paid tributes to the people of Layyah and its surroundings and said he wanted to serve them by working round the clock.

Earlier, PML-N President Ahmed Ali Aulakh, Member of the National Assembly Sahibzada Faiz ur Hassan and Syed Saqlain Bukhari addressed the gathering and lauded the dynamic policies of the prime minister, which had taken the country on the path of progress and prosperity. They denounced the dark era of dictatorship of Pervez Musharraf that plunged the country into an economic chaos. They said the prime minister was the only leader in the country who was tackling the challenges being faced by the country head on for betterment of the people.

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