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CHITRAL: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
on Wednesday said despite propaganda of opponents, the government’s
journey of national development and prosperity would continue
“I neither take notice of those doing agitational politics, neither
respond to them. People themselves give a better “reply” to such
elements by not paying heed to their call,” he said in his address
to a gathering from people of Chitral and adjoining area.
The Prime Minister said he could only pray for the guidance of such
elements, adding “may Almighty give them a realization to instead
focus their energies on making the country prosperous”.
Nawaz Sharif said it was his dream that all political opponents
unitedly work for the development of country.
“We have no grudge against anyone and only believe in working
together,” he said, adding had there been any malice, the Pakistan
Muslim League-N had not let other political parties to form
governments in provinces.
The Prime Minister who arrived here on a day-long visit announced
construction of a university, a 250-bed hospital under the PM’s
Health Programme and several road links in Chitral.
He also vowed completion of Lowari Tunnel project by June next
year, a project which has been lingering on, since 1955.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he had great affinity for the
people of Chitral and had been frequently visiting the
area to oversee development projects.
“For me, Chitral is no less important than Lahore, Karachi or any
other city and I want this area to be developed at par
with rest of country,” he said.
As the gathering responded enthusiastically to his speech, the
Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that majority in Chitral
could now comprehend national language Urdu, recalling their little
understanding when he earlier visited the area during his tenure of
government in 90s.
Nawaz Sharif said he believed in political harmony and mentioned
the presence of Shahzada Iftikharuddin, the Member National
Assembly from Chitral belonging to former president General Pervez
Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League and District Nazim Chitral
Maghfirat Shah of Jamaat-e-Islami.
“It doesn’t matter to which party these people belong to. I will be
supportive to them for the development of Chitral,” he said.
The Prime Minister mentioned that his government had released Rs 27
billion for the early completion of Lowari Tunnel, which was facing
delay due to neglect of previous governments.
He termed the project’s delay “utterly ruthless” towards the people
of Chitral and said his government was acting swiftly for redressal.
He said Rs 17 billion were being spent on construction of Chitral-Lowari-Chakdara
road, adding that it would be similar to a motorway.
Nawaz Sharif said the announcement of a university in Chitral, made
for the first time in 70 years, would help mainstreaming of local
youth in national development process.
He mentioned construction of a 108 mega watt Golan Gol Hydropower
project in Chitral, which would benefit atleast 100 towns.
He directed the Chairman National Highway Authority to complete
feasibilities of three road projects including Shandur-Mastuj road
via Chitral, and Garam Chashma and Bamborait roads from Chitral.
The Prime Minister announced a grant of Rs 200 million for
Chitral’s district government, to be spent on the uplift of
streets, Bazars and sanitation.
Adviser to PM Engineer Amir Muqam in his speech said the massive
gathering had demonstrated that the people of Chitral were aware of
the government’s sincerity of continuing with the agenda of
MNA Chitral Shahzada Iftikharuddin said Nawaz Sharif had brought
the “real change” of development in the country, contrary to the
politicians who only believed in politics of sit-ins.
He said with ample funds released by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,
the long-awaited Lowar Tunnel project would be completed next year.
District Nazim Chitral Maghfirat Shah mentioned that development
project worth Rs 60 billion were being carried out in Chitral,
which would improve the living standard of locals.
President PML-N Chitral chapter Saeed Ahmed Khan expressed
gratitude to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on inauguration of
development projects in Chitral and said the previous government
neglected the area.
He said Nawaz Sharif promoted politics of values and decency in the
Minister for Information Technology Anousha Rehman and former
Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Abbasi were present.(APP)