Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday announced that the prices of the petroleum products would remain unchanged for the next month, saying that the Ogra had recommended an increase in oil prices but its proposal was rejected.
Addressing a ground-breaking ceremony of Havelian-Thakot Motorway in Mansehra, the prime minister said that they would not allow anyone to create hurdles to the way of progress and development of Pakistan, adding that he did not believe in politics of public meetings and rallies but wanted to work for the welfare of people of Pakistan.
The Havelian-Thakot Motorway, a part of the Eastern route under CPEC in Mansehra, is 120-kilometer long section, which will be completed in 42 months at a cost of Rs 133.98 billion, according to official reports.
China’s Exim Bank will provide 90 percent funding for the project while the Government of Pakistan will share 10 percent of the cost. The project is scheduled for completion in 42 months. The proposed road would commence in Havelian and after passing through Abottabad, Mansehra, Shinkari would end at Thakot.
To speed up the pace of work the project is divided into three sub-sections: Havelian-Abottabad, Abottabad-Mansehra and Mansehra-Thakot. The project has been awarded to M/s China Communications Construction Company (CCCC). The prime minister also inaugurated two gas supply projects in Mansehra.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made most part of his speech at Mansehra University’s public gathering by responding to his detractors in ‘veiled criticism’ besides announcing development projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Addressing a rally at Mansehra University, Sharif said that the PML-N government was initiating most of the projects in KP, “so where is Naya Pakistan,” PM taunted to Imran Khan’s popular tagline of building Naya Pakistan. “We are giving priority to public issues, health improvement, and not focus on dharnas, he said.
He announced to give Rs 1 billion to the university for its uplift, in addition Rs 688 million released to the varsity some days ago. He also promised to give ‘numerous’ laptops to Mansehra University students. He announced Rs 200 million for creating cemeteries in four districts of the KP.
The PM said he had rejected the proposal of Gas and Power Ministry to raise petroleum prices. The government would have to bear loss of Rs 8 billion, but it overlooked it just for the sake of masses.
He also ordered raising standard of Hazara University. “We are now commencing motorway from Havelian to Shinkiari, which also consists of six lanes. I will lay network of motorways across the province that will take Pakistan forward in terms of development,” he said.
He said all big development projects in KP since 1990 were launched by the PML-N government. He remarked: “I am the person who not just cuts a ribbon, but also ensures the completion of the projects in time.” Without naming anyone, he responded to his critics, “You must carefully take steps otherwise people will throw you out.” He reiterated that 2018 will be a year of eradication of loadshedding in Pakistan.
The prime minister said that the PML-N federal government was making the new Pakistan and new Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, adding that the federal government was carrying out development projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that the PML-N did not believe in hallow slogans, but practical work. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stones of two gas supply projects. He said he is on journey for Pakistan’s ‘progress and development’ and not for political campaigning. He said the government had the agenda of country’s progress and not of sits-in and protests.
Source: Business Recorder