Atomic explosion was state decision, not Sharif: Firdous

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Says IRSA should develop a trustworthy system for water distribution to provinces

Amraiz Khan

Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday said that May 28 is a historic day when Pakistan became a nuclear Muslim state on the world map.

“Sharif family and its cronies are making tall claims to take credit for the nuclear explosion but the nation knows who is the real architect of the nuclear program.”

Talking to the media at DGPR Office here on Friday, Dr Firdous said the nation has provided resources and Dr Qadir Khan led teams worked day and night to make the dream a reality on 28 May.

If Nawaz Sharif had not decided to go nuclear on that day, the nation would have made him a horrible example because no conspiracy can be tolerated against the nuclear program of the country.

The Special Assistant said that now the Sharif family is trying to take credit for nuclear explosions but the reality is that the friend of Modi could not dare to go nuclear without the explicit approval of the state organs. The people also remember the treacherous role played by Modi Sharif in Pakistan, she said.

Dr Firdous regretted that Sindh is trying to divide the nation by creating hate among federating units and PPP is trying to gain public sympathies through water politics.

She said the apportionment of waters of the Indus River System between the provinces in 1991 has given Punjab the right to use its share of water at Taunsa and Panjnad and the canal water is provided to the cotton crop.

The SACM said that Sindh is giving a misleading impression that Punjab’s representative in IRSA is trying to pressurize Sindh’s representative which is factually incorrect and misleading. Only eight percent water losses occur in Punjab while 39 percent of water is lost in Sindh, she said.

Dr Firdous said that IRSA should ensure a viable and trustworthy mechanism to gauge water losses and correct data should be collected to ensure judicious distribution of water among provinces.

Punjab is committed to following the water accord of 1991 and it will not accept dictation from anyone, she said.

The SACM said that PM Imran Khan has launched Universal Health Coverage Program through Insaf Health Cards in Layyah and so far millions of people have registered themselves from different districts.

This year a budget of Rs 80-100 billion has been allocated for Sehat Sahulat Program.

She said that Insaf Card Scheme will benefit 2 crore 92 lac families of Punjab by December 2021.

The Special Assistant said that some targets were set in terms of expenditure and resources this year which led to a reduction in non-development expenditure and Rs 60-70 billion was saved in the non-development budget which was spent on the welfare of underprivileged people.

Dr Firdous said that Shehbaz Sharif has lost his memory due to the age factor because what he says does not match with his actions.

The one boasting about development today has left Punjab in debt of 1200 billion rupees, she deplored.

Shehbaz Sharif is part of the same mafia which hindered the development process and looted every penny to promote their huge business empire.

Had this mafia avoid loot and plunder, the country would have been prosperous today, she added.

Responding to a question, the SACM said that Shehbaz Sharif has been granted bail and not a certificate of innocence.

PM Imran Khan directed an impartial inquiry of the Rawalpindi Ring Road Project when the scandal surfaced on the screen.

I wish Shehbaz Sharif would have offered an inquiry into the irregularities of the Lahore Ring Road project in which his cronies are involved in looting the national exchequer. The Prime Minister does what he says, she said.

To another question, she said that PTI is a family and all members of the PTI family are standing side by side and not confronting each other.

I am sure that the truth will prevail, she said. Dr Firdous said the water issue will be resolved through the Council of Common Interests and the interest of the state is greater than the political interest.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has been given a five-year mandate and he will complete his constitutional term and those dreaming of reconciliation will get nothing, concluded the SACM.