Why politics on important projects?

ONE-man political party — Awami Muslim League — leader Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has come out with strange political gimmick after dashing of his hope regarding fall of PML (N) government as a consequence of the Panama Papers verdict by the Supreme Court. Disappointed that government was functioning normally and delivering, he is now focusing on efforts to malign the entire leadership of the ruling party including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Sheikh Rasheed has been using the contract for LNG import from Qatar the way Zulfikar Ali Bhutto used Tashkent agreement against Ayub Khan but could not provide anything substantial in support of his claims till the time of his death. Neutral observers, analysts and commentators are unanimous that Pakistan achieved the best deal from Qatar but people like Sheikh Rashid cannot digest anything that their rivals could do for the sake of people of Pakistan and the country. LNG import is one of the flagship projects of PML (N) government, which contributed a lot in overcoming the crippling energy shortage. It was because of the import that the consumers did not witness low gas pressure or its load-shedding during last winter and the situation is going to improve further in coming months due to streamlining of the arrangement. These are the same people who had been finding fault with the monumental initiative of CPEC that is going to change the destiny of the nation and which dozens of other countries are eager to join. These short-sighted politicians also opposed other infrastructure projects like motorways, highways, metro bus, orange line and ‘susti roti scheme’. This is an unfortunate trend to create controversies around major developmental projects and programmes aimed at mitigating woes of the people. There should be no politics over important projects, otherwise no party or the government would ever be able to take effective measures for benefit of the masses. If Sheikh Rasheed has any tangible evidence of kickbacks and corruption in this project he better should avail a proper forum meant to check such malpractices.

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