Opp always imperil national interest for petty gains: CM


Says PTI govt brings about end to culture of plunder of national resources

Amraiz Khan

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Monday regretted that the opposition damaged national interests merely for promotion petty political stakes.

“The opposition’s negative role on corona and other issues will not be remembered in good words and the mature Pakistani nation bear testimony to this fact.”

The chief minister said that the opposition parties have not played their democratic role, nor they have any strategy for the country.

Meanwhile, those impeding the development process faced defeat on all fronts but they never shun their vested interest, he continued.

Sardar Usman Buzdar pointed out that politics means public service but it was used to increase bank balances and amass personal wealth abroad in the past.

He said that the PTI government has put an end to the political culture of loot and plunder and will set examples of transparency and honesty.

Meanwhile, CM Usman Buzdar sought a report from RPO Bahawalpur about an incident of torture of poor people and directed to take stern action against the perpetrators of the crime.

On his direction, an injured namely Amjad has been admitted to Bahawal Victoria Hospital while four nominated accused have been arrested by the police.

Meanwhile, CM Usman Buzdar announced a special development package of Rs5.12 billion during his visit to Narowal and laid the foundation stone of three projects under the second phase of the Naya Pakistan Manzalian Asan Program.

He also visited the corona vaccination centre and inspected the jail during the visit. Talking to the media, the CM said the expansion of three roads of 17 kilometres length has been started with an amount of Rs231 million.

Similarly, Rs5.12 billion will be spent on 39 different projects adding that supply and drainage of water, roads and other projects will be completed in Zafarwal and Shakargarh with Rs840 million.

Rs1.70 billion will be spent on the construction of 33-kilometres long Narowal-Zafarwal road and Syed Chiragh Shah Bypass, he added.

Meanwhile, Rs188 million will be spent on the up-gradation of schools and 38-kilometre long Narowal-Muridke road will be built through public-private partnership mode with an amount of Rs2.40 billion, he said.

Punjab government has approached the federal government to include linkage of Narowal and Narang Mandi with Lahore-Sialkot motorway in its PSDP, he added.

This project will be completed with Rs25.34 billion, he further said. Meanwhile, the CM said that Rs10.35 billion are being spent on 111 ongoing schemes.

Shakargarh to Zafarwal and Kartarpur to Darbar Sahib roads’ improvement projects will be completed with Rs1.16 billion.

Work is in progress on 29 additional projects of roads’ repair and expansion in Narowal, he added.

80 percent of work on up-gradation of Zafarwal BHU to THQ hospital has been completed with Rs213 million. 75 percent work of the public park has also been completed in Zafarwal, he added.

Five projects including supply and drainage of water and tough tiles are underway in different areas with Rs240 million under the Narowal-Zafarwal city package.