PM remains undeterred by political bluster


Would not resign on the wishes of a few people;
Announces international airport, uplift projects in Bannu; Honest accountability must to end corruption: Fazl

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar—Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday reiterated he would not take a moment to resign if found guilty of single penny corruption but yet would not succumb to the demands from some opposition parties for stepping down.
Addressing a public rally in Bannu, the ruling party head came hard on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan for holding anti-corruption rallies across the country in the backdrop of Panama leaks saying those claiming to be the champions of change in the country failed to bring any improvement in the province they are ruling.
The gathering was attended by supporters of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N and its allied Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F. The JUI Chief Maulana Fazal ur Rehman also addressed the public rally.
“We have come to the corridors of power through popular mandate and would never succumb to the demands of stepping down by a few people,” the Prime Minister announced in an aggressive tone. “What the hell you think you are up to”. He roared while indirectly referring to PTI chairman Imran Khan.
Nawaz Sharif said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will change the destiny of the region and would benefit the whole of the country including Bannu. He also rapped those “doing politics” over the project (CPEC) of utmost national interest.
Lashing out at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, he said that even after three years of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf in government, the infrastructure of the province was in dire straits adding those chanting slogans for new Pakistan could not deliver and bring any change in their own province.
“During my visits to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa I wanted to see Naya Pakistan but I was disappointed. Where is ‘Naya Pakhtunkhwa? When I go to Peshawar, Mansehra, Shinkiari and other parts of KP, I don’t see it. When I came to Bannu, I see the old roads, old buildings, old schools, old hospitals,” Nawaz Sharif said in sarcastic manner.
“We will build an international airport in Bannu. You will now be able to go to Karachi and Dubai and for Hajj directly from Bannu. This is what ‘Naya Pakistan’ really is. We are here to make a new Bannu and we will make a new Pakistan too,” claimed Nawaz adding his government would not be deterred by political sloganeering and would continue to pursue its agenda of development and prosperity.
He said the Pakistan Muslim league Government was also focusing on provision of cheap electricity to the people of the country adding power was being supplied to all the industries round the clock while the gas shortage will also be overcome. The Prime Minister, however, admitted that load-shedding will not come to end till the year 2018.
On this occasion the Prime Minister announced a number of development projects in Bannu division including the establishment of a university in Lakki Marwat and an international airport at Bannu. He also announced establishment of industrial and economic zones in Bannu which he said would bring prosperity in the region and provide employment opportunities for the youth.
The chief of his own faction of
APP adds: “We will build an international airport in Bannu,” the premier told a cheering crowd. “Repeat with me: This is ‘Naya Pakistan’,” he hit out at the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf with their oft-repeated slogan.
“They lured the people of KP to get votes, but did not bring a change of development in three years of their tenure,” he said, referring to the leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf that is ruling the province.
“Two years they cried about ‘dhandli’ and took out protests,” he said, without naming the PTI. “When the case went to the Supreme Court, which ruled there had been no rigging in the elections, it was a slap to their faces but they didn’t even apologise,” Nawaz thundered.
“They are making the same baseless allegations… If corruption of even one penny is proven, I will go home,” he said.
“We will build a new Bannu,” he assured the crowd. “It is not our government, but we are here to serve you,” he said, adding, “They are not doing anything.”
The premier, however, fumbled as he announced uplift projects for the province.
He said the public should realize the difference between the leaders involved in negative politics and those believing in the positive politics of development.
He said his visit to Bannu was aimed at launching of several development and welfare projects for the people who had been facing apathy of the KP government.
He performed ground-breaking of gas pipelines to five union councils of Bannu. The project costing Rs 259,500,000 will be completed in a year.
He also announced upgradation of roads from Kohat to Sarai Kambela and Sarai Kambela to Dera Ismail Khan and enhancing electricity generation capacity of a 350 MW power house in Bannu to 700 MW. He also announced provision of Rs 200 million each for the district and tehsil councils of Bannu.
Meanwhile, addressing the public gathering, chief of JUI-F and Chairman National Assembly Committee for Kashmir, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that across the board accountability was imperative to take the country towards progress and eliminate curse of corruption.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman without naming PTI chief Imran Khan said that those criticizing Sharif family today in the wake of Panama leaks should not forget that they also have secret assets and offshore companies in their names and public wanted to know about it.
“If across the board accountability was carried out those who considered themselves being the champions of anti corruption campaigns would find no place to hide,” Fazl remarked. He said those who were making unjustified demand of resignation from the PM were nowadays busy in fighting with rats and it seemed they have lost this fight also. “If somebody is scared of rat how he could fight with a lion,” Maulana asked.
Referring to the repeated stance of PTI regarding not taking it into confidence on CPEC by the federation, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said if somebody was utilizing all its energies for killing mice and remained in sleep how he could be able to protect the province’ interest.
The JUI-F Chief while referring to the recent misdealing and misbehaving with women and girls in PTI rally at Lahore, said it was highly regrettable and was like a slap on the face of PTI leadership for failing to protect their women workers. Fazl said his party would not allow anyone to play with our religion, values and respect of women.
Welcoming the Prime Minister, he said today was a historic day for people of southern districts of KP as many of their long standing demands were fulfilled by the Prime Minister including inauguration of gas pipelines to five union councils of Bannu costing Rs 260m which would be completed in one year.
He said southern districts were ignored by the PTI Government and with arrival of Prime Minister at Bannu, the process of development has been started and a new journey of progress would move ahead in these backwards areas of the province.

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