Islamabad, April 14, 2018 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has urged the political parties to sit together and reach consensus on the creation of more provinces in the country. He was addressing a ceremony after inaugurating forty five kilometer Jalalpur Pirwala-Uch Sharif road section near Bahawalpur on Saturday. The prime minister said the demand of new provinces exists not only in Punjab but voices in this regard are also being raised in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan.
He said the PML (N) is the only party which get passed a resolution from Punjab Assembly in support of Bahawalpur and South Punjab province. He, however, said that a single party cannot make a constitutional amendment on the matter rather all the political parties need to build consensus on it through dialogue. He asked the parties to make the creation of new provinces part of their election manifesto. Referring to the lawmakers who recently held a news conference on the creation of South Punjab province, the Prime Minister questioned why did they not raise the issue over the last five years at the floor of the parliament. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the people understand such negative politics and they will decide the fate of these people in the next general elections. He said gone are the days of horse trading and switching of loyalties.
The Prime Minister said it is the PML (N) which has carried out unprecedented development work in South Punjab. We have opened schools, colleges, hospitals and installed power plants in this region. He also stressed that political decisions are not taken at the court rooms but by the people of the country at the polling stations. Referring to the recent judgment of the Supreme Court against former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, he said the government has accepted the decision but history will not accept it.
Highlighting in detail the development projects executed by the PML (N) in the entire country, the Prime Minister said our opponents are scared of the unprecedented development work executed by the government over the last five years. We added about 10400 megawatt of electricity to the national grid. He said we strongly believe in promotion of democratic values and despite all challenges we adhere to the politics of dignity and decency.
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