Prime Minister Gilani allocates Rs. 1 Billion for Construction of Khushal Garh Bridge over Indus River


Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that political dialogue, decency and accommodation of each other point of view are essential to strengthen the democratic institutions and promotion of democratic culture in the society. He pointed out that it is second time after Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s government when any democratically elected government has been able to present its fourth budget in the National Assembly. This is all because of the government’s reconciliatory as well as democratic policies and practices.

The Prime Minister said this while talking to the Parliamentarians who called on him at PM’s House this morning.

During meeting with the Senator Abbas Khan Afridi, the Prime Minister approved Rs 01 billion additional fund to meet the shortfall for construction of Khushal Garh Bridge over Indus River. He said that government is working on the possibilities for setting up of medium and small industry through private/public partnership in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas which will bring prosperity and generate employment opportunities for the local people. He further stated that completion of Ghulam Khan Road connecting Southern parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Afghanistan would also open new opportunities for promotion of trade.

Senator Abbas Khan Afridi apprised the Prime Minister about the progress of development projects launched by the Federal Government in FATA. He requested the Prime Minister to expedite the process for establishment of IT Universities and Cadet Colleges already announced by him. The Senator discussed the possibility of enhancement of quota in the Engineering and Medical Colleges for students belonging to tribal areas. He asked the Prime Minister to divert poverty alleviation schemes towards FATA region which has been badly affected due to TTP terrorist activities. He also discussed the overall law and order situation in the FATA region.

Later on, MNA Ms. Sumaira Malik called on the Prime Minister and invited him to visit Khushab for inauguration of development schemes launched by the Federal Government. She asked the Prime Minister to direct the concerned departments for early release of funds earmarked for supply of gas and electricity in her constituency. She also discussed development projects of her constituency.

Subsequently, MNA belonging to PML (N) Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry called on the Prime Minister and expressed his gratitude for allocation of funds to all the Parliamentarians irrespective of their Party affiliation. He requested the Prime Minister to allocate special fund for the construction of Khikar Road connecting Toba Tek Singh with Pir Mahal.

The Parliamentarians also discussed the overall political situation during their meetings with the Prime Minister.

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