No country has progressed without democracy: PM
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday said that no country has progressed without democracy and the continuity of democracy leads to economic development, growth and creation of job opportunities.
Addressing a ceremony after inaugurating the New Islamabad International Airport near the federal capital on Tuesday, he said that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government under its leader Nawaz Sharif started such projects which are unprecedented in the history of the country and now the country is on a clear path to development.
The prime minister said that said the PML-N government has a development driven agenda and it completed a number of projects to facilitate the public, adding that the government constructed more than 1700kms of motorways. “Highway from Peshawar to Karachi has been completed and Gwadar Port became operational,” he said.
Abbasi went on to say that in today’s world aviation has become a necessity and more and more people are flying.
“The government has not only started a number of development projects, but also completed the existing ones expeditiously,” he said and added the extension of Lahore Airport will start this month while the projects of Sialkot, Multan and Faisalabad airports have been completed.
Earlier the prime minister formally inaugurated the plaque and later posed for a photograph with the senior officials of the Civil Aviation Authority and others.
Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for CAD Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, Advisor to PM on Aviation Sardar Mehtab, Governor Punjab, Parliamentarians and diplomats attended the event.
Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Advisor to PM on Aviation termed it another milestone for the PML-N government, under the vision of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He said the 20 year old project since inception of idea has underwent several changes owing to new technological changes.
He said work on upgradation of several other airports in the country including the airports at Lahore, Peshawar, Faisalabad etc was also underway. He said the CAA also needs to upgrade it’s services to meet the challenges of the modern aviation services.
Nasir Shafiq Dar Director Planning and Development in a brief on the project said the airport with a spacious feel and modular design can later cater upto 12 million passengers annually.
The airport would have 15 boarding Gates and was the only airport in the country to accommodate the Airbus A380.
The airport so has a 50 bed trauma centre, cinema, restaurants, several lounges and a duty free shop, besides a huge parking for 2200 cars.