PM blasts PTI over ‘container politics’


Nawaz re-elected party president, Raja Zafarul Haq retains Chairmanship, Pervaiz Rashid gets slot of finance secretary

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—While addressing the PML-N General Council in Islamabad on Tuesday after his unopposed election as party president, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took the opportunity to harshly lash out at the PTI which is threatening the government to lockdown the federal capital on November 2 for allegedly PM Nawaz’s failure to offer himself for accountability. “The government would continue to serve the nation despite hurdles being created by some political jugglers,” he said adding the people would reject these jugglers and support those who are busy in nation building. The Prime Minister said the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa voted for PTI on the slogan of change but the party leader is seen only on containers and dancing parties instead of serving the masses. He said PML-N would form government in KPK as well after 2018 elections on the basis of its performance. Mian Nawaz Sharif said the real change is being brought about by PML-N and this is also acknowledged by the international community. He said Pakistan is today counted among fast emerging economies of the globe. Pakistan Stock Exchange is one of the five best performing markets of the world, foreign exchange reserves have crossed $24 billion and inflation has also declined as compare to 2013. He said the petroleum prices have also come down.
Nawaz Sharif reiterated that a number of energy projects are under implementation and electricity loadshedding will be eliminated by 2018. He said all resources of energy including hydel, wind, solar and nuclear are being exploited and 10,000MW will be added to the national grid by 2018. He said 30,000MW electricity will be added in the next few years. He said his target is not only to end loadshedding but ensure its supply to consumers at lower rates.
He said law and order situation has improved in the country due to counter-terrorism measures and operation Zarb-e-Azb.
The Prime Minister said the government has initiated a number of motorways and highways covering the length and breadth of the country. Karachi-Lahore motorway is under construction and it will be extended from Lahore to Multan and Multan to Sukkur during the next two years.
Similarly, work on Karachi to Hyderabad motorway is in progress and work would begin in next few months on its extension from Hyderabad to Sukkur. He said the federal government is spending over
Rs18 billion on Greenline project in Karachi. The Prime Minister said $5.5 billion are being spent for improving the railway system which would help increase speed of the trains from the existing eighty kilomtres per hour to 160.
He said for the first time a network of highways and roads are being created in Balochistan. He said KPK is being governed by another party but motorways and highways are being constructed by the federal government of PML-N.
He said under a country-wide development programme, projects for clean drinking water, sewerage, health and education would be completed to improve quality of life of the people.
Nawaz Sharif said 45 modern hospitals will be built across the country to provide best medical care to the people.
He said 100,000 laptops were distributed worth Rs4.5 billion and 400,000 more would be distributed during next two years.
The Prime Minister appealed to the masses and party workers to play their roles to help the government implement its developmental agenda. He said some people are talking about blocking of roads and jamming Islamabad. He said PML-N would continue to build roads.
Earlier, Party’s Chief Election Commissioner Chaudhry Jaffer Iqbal announced the results of intra- party polls, according to which, PM Nawaz Sharif was reelected unopposed as the President of the party.
Sartaj Aziz, Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan, Nawabzada Changez Khan Mari, Sir Anjaam Khan, Sardar Yaqoub Khan Nasir, Imdad Hussain Chandio were also elected unopposed as Senior Vice Presidents of the party.
Pervaiz Rashid was elected Secretary Finance while Mushahidullah Khan as Secretary Information of the party.