LAHORE: Prime Minister has said the government is giving equal importance to the development of all the sectors.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the government is giving equal importance to the development of all the sectors including transport, education, health and agriculture.
He was chairing a meeting in Lahore on Saturday in which he was briefed about the Orange Line train service.
Nawaz Sharif said metro bus projects have successfully been completed in Islamabad and Lahore while work on the project has been started in Multan which will soon be completed.
He assured the metro bus projects will be launched in other cities as well in order to provide cheap and dignified transport to the people.
Meanwhile, talking to senior journalists, the prime minister vowed to steer the country out of darkness engulfing the country due to crippling energy crisis.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was also present on this occasion. The prime minister seemed to be hoping for another term in the government when he said mega projects like Bhasha and Dasu dams would be completed in his next stint.
Nawaz Sharif said though Bhasha and Dasu dams are expensive projects, they would provide electricity on lower tariff.
He said the government has cut total cost of Bhabki power project from Rs95 billion to Rs55 billion. “We should also be grilled for saving the money,” he said in an obvious reference to strong criticism of his government over Nandipur power project.
The prime minister was also critical of regulatory bodies NEPRA (National Electric Power Regulatory Authority) and PPRA (Public Procurement Regulatory Authority), saying they were established to regulate private sector the not the public sector.
Commenting on ongoing operation against criminal elements in Karachi, he said the drive was launched after taking all the stakeholders into confidence. He said the operation is continuing for the last two years and proved to be a successful initiative.
Replying to a question, Nawaz Sharif said Imran Khan has wrapped up his Islamabad sit-in on his own will. "We had not asked them (PTI) to end dharna".
"I would have resigned had Judicial Commission’s decision ruled against me," he said.