Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, while addressing the National Assembly Session today, said that the Opposition was isolated and clueless after its agenda to incite people into agitation failed miserably.
The PM said that the government succeeded in overcoming the problem of load-shedding and today there was no load-shedding in the country adding the Opposition was now playing to the gallery and did not have any concrete agenda to serve the messes.
“Instigating people to damage public and private properties was a politics that should be rejected. Recalling his words that MQM and PML-Q would stay in the ruling coalition, the Prime Minister said that he had been proven right and the Opposition stood isolated.
The Prime Minister said that Lowari tunnel project was conceived by Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto to provide facilities to the people of Chitraal and the present government of PPP would complete it without any iota of doubt. He said that he had already held two meetings with the Minister of Communications and allocated Rs. 2 billion to resume work on the tunnel.
The Prime Minister said that the mega project of Diamir Basha dam was the dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and the present government was determined to realize her dream at all costs. He said that the completion of project would greatly help overcome energy shortage besides irrigating vast areas of barren lands in the country. He said that he would soon lay the foundation-stone of the dam.
The Prime Minister said that he evolved the consensus over the project and solicited unanimous approval of the Council of Common Interests, a national body having representation of all federating units.
The Prime Minister said that the present government would complete all mega projects such as Diamir Basha Dam, Neelum Jehlum Hydel project, and the raising of Walls of Mangla Dam.
The PM mentioned the mammoth public rally held recently 30 kilometers outside the Multan city, adding that it was the biggest rally in the history of Multan.
Later on, the members of National Assembly called on the Prime Minister in his Parliament House chamber. In his meeting, Mr. Tariq Anis MNA apprised the PM that the people of Shakar Garh were happy over the building of two bridges by the federal government, which would curtail the distance of 30 kilometers.
MNAs from Sindh in their meeting informed the Prime Minister of the sufferings of the flood affectees in the province of Sindh. The Prime Minister directed them to meet Parliamentary Relief Committee, which would direct the relevant authorities to expedite the delivery of relief goods.
The Prime Minister also directed the Ministry of Water and Power to make arrangements for pumping stagnant water out of inundated areas and also take immediate action to clear the water escape routes, which had been encroached upon.
In a meeting with Sheikh Waqas Akram, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, the Prime Minister approved the up-gradation of the Government College Jhang as a degree awarding institution.
The PM asked the MoS to get in touch with the Higher Education Commission and the Ministry of Information Technology to meet the required formalities. He said that he would like to inaugurate the opening of University in Jhang.
While talking to Mr. Laal Khan, MNA from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, the Prime Minister said that the cabinet meeting, which was to be held in Peshawar, had to be postponed due to current Assembly Session and other pressing engagements, adding that next cabinet meeting would soon be held in Peshawar and he would spend a couple of days there.
The Prime Minister asked the parliamentarians to focus on the completion of ongoing developmental projects so that fruits of developments could reach the common man and take up new schemes after the present ones are completed.
Those who called on the Prime Minister included Haji Ghulam Ahmad Balour, Sheikh Waqas Akram, Miss Shagufta Jamani, Palwasha Khan, Justice (r ) Fakhar-un-Nisa, Pir Aftab Shah Jilani, Ghias Ahmad Mela, Nazir Ahmad Boghio, Mir Gul Muhammad Jakhrani, Abdul Qayyum Jatoi, and Mustafa Nawaz Khokar.
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