SACM Dr Firdous: “Long march call turned out to be a political burden”

Amraiz Khan


Special Assistant to Chief Minister (SACM) on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday regretted that PDM played its role in increasing the intensity of Corona by holding gatherings. “The public has grown fed up with the opposition to the extent that political jokes of the PDM leadership have lost attraction.”

The SACM said that their resignation snare has also failed to trap anything. Similarly, the long march call turned out to be a political burden, she added. Now, this political cabal is moving from pillar to post for face-saving but to no avail. In fact, the Maulana and his two disciples are deceiving each other through flop shows, she said. It is regrettable that the political thieves are blinded in their lust for power but their PDM stunt has failed to take off, she added.

The SACM expressed the satisfaction that Pakistan is led by a daunting leader while Punjab is managed by an honest and public friendly Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. This cabal has no value before true and patriotic leaders and there is no room for looters and thieves in the new Pakistan, she emphasised. The politics of honesty and public service will prevail, concluded the SACM.

Meanwhile, a consultative session on World Bank Partnership Framework was arranged at the Planning & Development Complex where representatives of the World Bank, Federal Government, and all the administrative departments of Punjab participated. The objective of the session was to hold discussions on Punjab’s development priorities for the next five years and to gather the input of government of Punjab in areas in which the World Bank can provide support.

Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Additional Chief Secretary (South), Chairman P&D Punjab, Secretary P&D Punjab, Secretaries from various departments including Agriculture, Communication & Works, Primary & Secondary Health, Specialized Health, Industries, Livestock, Education, Environment, Irrigation, Local Government, and Managing Director Power Sector presented the overview of their related departments.

World Bank’s Country Head of Pakistan Mr Najy Benhassine presented the proposed Country Partnership Framework. Under the framework, World Bank will focus on four areas and improved governance; the 5Gs including girls and boys education, growing health, green and clean Pakistan, growth that is inclusive, and improved governance as an enabler.

Joint Chief Economist P&D Board, Dr Aman Ullah presented Punjab’s economic growth strategies, government’s interventions and economic growth landscape in Punjab.

Chairman P&D Board Abdullah Khan Sumbal said that Punjab is a progressive province where development initiatives are always encouraged.

He also appreciated and acknowledged the support of the World Bank with Punjab province. Secretary P&D, Mr Imran Sikandar Baloch said that Punjab Government has always been growth-centric and inclined to sectoral working.

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