ISLAMABAD, Jun 4 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday said that ongoing development activities in the country were unacceptable to the enemy and reiterated his government's resolve against terrorism and energy crises to turn around national economy.
"We should unite to foil the nefarious designs of the enemy...
We have launched a decisive operation against terrorism. InshaAllah, both terrorism and terrorists will be eliminated," he said addressing the launching ceremony of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Service here.
The ceremony was attended by Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Pervaiz Khattak, CM Balochistan Abdul Malik Baloch, Governor Punjab Rafiq Rajwana, Governor KP Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai, federal cabinet members and leaders of different political parties.
He said the timely completion of the 23-kilometer Metro Bus Service project was appreciable as in the past development projects had been lingering on for decades, which increased their cost manifold.
"This is New Pakistan. This is a ray of new dawn," the Prime Minister remarked commenting on the sentiments of a resident, who felt Metro project was not in Pakistan rather in some developed country.
He congratulated the residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad over launch of the service and said the visitors to the twin cities would also be enjoying a ride on the modern transport service.
The project would facilitate around 150,000 passengers of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and 68 buses would initially ply on the track. Twenty four bus stations have been built across the 23-km track that comprises 8.6 km elevated portion in Rawalpindi. Each bus will have the capacity to carry 150 passengers and would complete its route within 50 minutes.
He said the male and female students earlier reached their destinations through inefficient transport service. They would now have a secure and peaceful travel experience while enjoying the comfort of the air-conditioned and heaters, besides free Internet facility at the stations and buses.
Nawaz Sharif said some parents earlier discontinued the education of their children due to travel hardship. They would have a second thought now as their children would now travel respectably at a nominal fare.
He congratulated Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif over completion of the project within a short duration, adding no one could challenge the transparency and quality of the project.
The Prime Minister said the government would ensure that public resources should be used with honesty and only for welfare of the public.
He said the federal government would also introduce Green Line Metro Bus Service in Karachi and also offered to develop such a facility in Peshawar and Balochistan.
He said mega projects have already been launched throughout the country and Metro Bus project was only a part of it.
He reiterated that the government would rid the country of power crisis within next three years of its tenure and the power cost would also be reduced. He also mentioned the recent decrease in power prices by Rs 5.5 per unit consequent to the shifting of relief in oil prices to the public.
Nawaz Sharif said work on Khunjrab-Gwadar Motorway has been launched. He thanked the national political leadership for forging unity on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, as they had exhibited for the anti-terror operation Zarb-e-Azb and approval of the National Action Plan.
"This is called democracy. It can deliver. It should be allowed to deliver. None of the wars have been fought during the democratic governments. The country achieved progress during the democratic set ups. Nuclear power and economic turnaround were also made during democracy," he remarked.
Nawaz Sharif lauded the sacrifices rendered by the soldiers while fighting the terrorists and said the incidents of kidnapping for ransom and extortion had almost come to an end, reviving peace in Karachi.
He said out of frustration, the terrorist occasionally carry out subversive activities and mentioned the killing of innocent passengers in Mastung.
He said the government, political leadership and all other institutions had resolved to eliminate terrorists from the soil. The government was actively working on every front, he added.
He said the country would soon have a motorway link from Peshawar to Karachi and work on Hazara Motorway has already been started.
The Prime Minister said the government has allocated Rs 30 billion for the western route of the CPEC as was agreed with the political leadership.
He said the power shortage had been reduced to around 4500 megawatt.
He said during next three years the country's power need would swell to 7500 MW while the power projects initiated by the government would produce around 10,500 MW.
He appreciated the performance of Chief Commissioner Rawalpindi and Project Manager Metro Bus, Zahid Saeed for his untiring efforts for successful completion of the project.
He also announced Rs 50 million cash award for the workers who worked tirelessly on the Metro Bus project.