Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Friday declared that there is no precedent in the provincial history that parallel the record funds allocated for education, health and other sectors across the province in general and iAttock district in particular.
“Huge amount of funds has been set aside under the development package to revolutionise the life of the common man in Attock district.”
“We are taking Pakistan forward,” the chief minister claimed, adding that the opposition parties are pursuing an anti-development agenda for their vested interest and have nothing to do with the public welfare. “Critics are left behind and the new Pakistan will move forward.”
Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was talking with provincial ministers, members of National and Provincial Assemblies and party ticket holders during his visit to Attock here on Friday.
Those who called on the Chief Minister included: Provincial Ministers – Dr Yasmeen Rashid, Syed Yawar Abbas Bukhari, Malik Muhammad Anwar, MNA Maj (retd) Tahir Sadiq, MPA Malik Jamshed Altaf, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Attock District President Qazi Ahmad Akbar, Chairman District Council Iman Tahir, ticket-holders Malik Khurram Ali Khan, Akbar Khan Tanoli and others.
Talking on the occasion, the chief minister said that projects worth billions of rupees have been launched for the construction and development of Attock.
Meanwhile, addressing the groundbreaking ceremony of Mother and Child Hospital project in Attock on Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has laid the foundation stone of a grand 200-bed Mother and Child Hospital project in Attock. The hospital will be built over 75 kanals of land at a cost of Rs5.32 billion.
The Punjab government will provide a grant of Rs2.66 billion for the project while the rest will be provided by the federal government for which we are grateful to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the chief minister said.
Usman Buzdar informed that the state-of-the-art hospital will also have nursing college, hostels, residences, doctors ‘apartments and shelters for patients’ families.
Upon completion, the hospital will provide health services to 200,000 to 300,000 women on annual basis, he added.
The chief minister expressed the hope that not only people of Attock, but also the three adjoining districts of Swabi, Nowshera and Haripur in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be able to benefit from the upgradation of health facilities in Attock.
“100 beds are being added to DHQ hospital Attock and a Trauma Centre and residential block are being built in THQ hospital Hazro to provide best medical facilities to the local population.”
A trauma centre will be set up in Gondal and four basic health units in Attock will be upgraded.
He said that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government believes in equal development of every small and big city of Punjab and the government will bring all the backward areas of Punjab on par with developed cities.
Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that a historic district development package of Rs360 billion has been given in the annual development program 2021-22. Under the package, Rs20.60 billion has been allocated for Attock and work on 93 schemes is in progress.
He recalled that the PTI government has given a development budget to the tune of Rs56 billion to Attock since 2018 to-date, while in the previous government, a development budget of only Rs20 billion was given to Attock from 2013 to 2018.
He said that all possible resources would be provided for the welfare of the people of Attock. It is the duty of the government to serve the people of backward areas.
Chief Minister Usman Buzdar pointed out that Attock city has its own historical significance and status. This city is the entrance of Punjab and close to our heart.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar visited the residence of PTI Attock District President Qazi Ahmed Akbar in Jatial area and expressed his condolences over the demise of his father Qazi Khalid Mahmood.
Expressing heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family, Buzdar offered Fateha for the departed soul and prayed for eternal peace and rest.