Friday, January 27, 2023

Imran Khan brought disrespect to country by selling out precious gifts: PM Shehbaz Sharif

Imran Khan brought disrespect to country by selling out precious gifts: PM Shehbaz Sharif

DERA ISMAIL KHAN (APP) - Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Monday expressed the resolve that despite myriad economic challenges, including the post-flood situation, the coalition government was determined to steering the country out of the current difficulties.

Addressing a ceremony after laying foundation stones of different uplift projects of communication, road, hydel and power infrastructure, the prime minister said that these challenges might be manifold but 220 million people of the country should not get worried, the coalition government with the support of its partners will steer the country out of the challenges.

The prime minister also regretted that due to faulty policies of PTI’s government, the friendly nations, including China, were dismayed.

In a veiled reference to former prime minister Imran Khan, he said that PTI leader had brought disrespect to the country after selling out the precious gifts donated by foreign leaders. "They gave these precious gifts as sign of fraternal ties with the people of Pakistan, but the former ruler sold them out in open markets," he added.

He said for the achievement of progress and prosperity, they would have to work hard with devotion. “Nations always faced difficulties and the coalition government will put Pakistan on path of development only through hard work,” he added.

The prime minister sarcastically referred that the PTI provincial government always talked about introduction of an efficient system, but the people had witnessed the crumbling of that system whereas the government’s blunders in this regard could not be neglected.

He said, however, with the collective efforts made by all the governments to overcome the flood situation, but still different areas in Sindh were still under flood water and the people in Gilgit Baltistan were shivering from biting cold. The prime minister said that the federal government had allocated a huge amount of Rs90 billion for the flood affected populace and each affected family was given Rs25,000 each besides, ensuring provision of medicine and food.

He said the country had been connected with a network of motorways and Nawaz Sharif solely deserved credit for the launch of such mega projects, adding that he had laid foundation stone of the last segment of Sukkur-Hyderabad motorway section recently.

The prime minister reiterated that dream of Nawaz Sharif for the prosperous Pakistan would be fulfilled. He regretted that during the past PTI’s government, all these uplift projects, initiated during PML-N government, were brought to grinding halt.

Citing the Hakla-DI Khan Motorway, the prime minister said it was part of the CPEC conceived during 2017, but the PTI government put these projects into cold storage, thus affecting the development and progress of the country.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Adviser to the PM on Political Affairs Engineer Amir Muqam, Amir of Jammiat-e-Ulema Islam-F Maulana Fazlur Rehman, relevant authorities and a large number of people were present on the occasion.