Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday promised infrastructure and developmental projects in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
In a veiled reference to the ‘Naya Pakistan’ slogan touted by the the Pakistan Tehkreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Nawaz said he wanted to see a ‘Naya Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’.
Speaking at a workers’ convention in the provincial capital of KP, he said the PTI-led government in KP had been given every opportunity to remedy the problems faced by the province, but it had failed. “We are laying the foundations for a new Pakistan. We did it before, we are doing it today, and in the future you will see the government will not just make a new Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but the best Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”
He claimed no new motorway had been built in Pakistan after the completion of the Peshawar – Islamabad – Lahore motorway, and said that the government has now planned to extend the motorway to Karachi in an effort to make various parts of the country accessible by road and bring the provinces closer together. He also said that Hazara motorway is not far from completion, and the day that a Peshawar – Kabul motorway is built is not far either.
“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will have expressways and motorways, and the PML-N will build them for you and your future generations,” he stated. Addressing the matter of the Lowari tunnel, Nawaz said that those who had pushed for the construction of the tunnel had been unable to complete it as yet, and went on to say that his government would complete the construction of the tunnel within the next two years. He said the federal government has also planned the construction of new universities in KP.
Addressing PML-N parliamentarians, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said Operation Zarb-i-Azb had broken the backbone of terrorists and that targeted operations in Karachi were also yielding positive results. Nawaz announced that the Afghan government is cooperating with Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and went on to say that the government will redirect its attention to other matters once terrorism has been eliminated.