HYDERABAD (Dunya News/APP) – Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday has said that the next government can amend the budget 2018-2019 presented by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
The premier inaugurated gas processing facility at Kunnar oil and gas field in Tando Jam in Hyderabad.
Addressing the ceremony, PM Abbasi said that the issues can only be resolved by ensuring continuity of democracy and that PML-N fulfilled all the promises made to the nation.
Not only already under constructed projects were completed but new development plans were also devised, he added.
The PM said despite challenges the government is completing its term, realized its targets and put Pakistan on road to progress.
He said credit goes to PML (N) to take concrete measures for utilization of Thar coal and Riko Diko gold and copper deposits besides exploiting hydropower potential of KPK and Azad Kashmir.
He regretted that previous regimes did not pay heed to projects of national importance which hit snags causing losses of billion of rupees to the national kitty and cited the KPD-TAY integrated gas processing facility as one among them.
He said, “I challenge all who spoke against the PML-N government to hold open debate with us on any issue, including power, infrastructure and energy, and the projects completed by the past governments.”
The prime minister also underscored the importance of continuity in the democratic process and said the PML-N government was going to complete its term and would add strength to the system.
The government had added to the economic stability and presented the sixth public-friendly budget, he said, adding it was the difference between the PML-N and other parties.
The prime minister, in response to criticism by the political opponents, said the public had given mandate to his government to work till last day in the office.
Could they cite any development work carried out for the people of Sindh province, he questioned and announced the other two lanes in the same highway would also be added by the PML-N which was the main difference between working of his government and the others.
“It is my clear challenge, come and compare the governments of Musharraf and PPP with the performance of the PML-N. There is an evident difference. The PML-N outperformed all the governments in the past 65 years on the basis of completion of mega projects. The people can easily discern as to who is performing,” he added.
He said he did not want to wade through the allegations leveled by the political adversaries. The governments which stuffed their pockets could not deliver.
He said the law and order in Karachi was alarming at that time when the PML-N took reins of power. “Today the situation is completely changed. Karachi which was once included among the five dangerous cities of the world, now turned out as a destination of attraction for investors and visitors. Now people from the outside flocked the port city.”
The prime minister said those people were now criticizing the tax reforms introduced by his government had not been paying taxes. He said the taxes had been halved and there was no precedent of such relief measure throughout the world.
He called upon the critics of tax reforms package to divulge how much taxes they had paid in the last five years.
The prime minister further reminded that paying taxes was the national responsibility and not an individual choice. He also declared that the government would chase the tax evaders as paying taxes would strengthen the national economy.
Abbasi also lauded the OGDCL (Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd) for the completion of KPD-TAY integrated gas processing facility, terming it a project of national importance. It was a project worth Rs 50 billion and pending since 2008.
He said a total of 10,400MW power was added by his government in the last five years. There was a long list of projects but it was a beginning and the succeeding governments had to build on it.
The prime minister said no achievements could be made with false promises or by using foul language. People had to decide in the upcoming July whether to support the party serving masses or to reel back into darkness of 2013.
He assured the gathering that the people living within five kms radius of the gas reserves in the area would get gas and power supply and expressed the hope that the OGDCL would also initiate education and health projects in the area.
Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb and Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair were also present on the occasion.