ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Member of National Assembly from Rawalpindi, Muhammad Hanif Abbasi, has said that they would contest upcoming general elections on the basis of their performance, as the party has executed unprecedented development projects across the country under the able leadership of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif.

Talking to TheNation here on Monday, Hanif Abbasi, who is elected to the National Assembly seat from NA-56 Rawalpindi, for second term in a row, said that masses had seen the benevolence of the good governance in Punjab where unprecedented public welfare projects were completed while they had also faced the brunt of mal-governance on part of the PPP-led federal government. He further said that right from upgrading the road infrastructure, the PML-N government had laid special emphasis on the development of health and education sectors.

Hanif Abbasi said that in Rawalpindi city alone the development projects worth over Rs 16 billion have been completed and some of these projects are near completion, which has no parallels in past 64 years.

Referring to the to three new hospitals, one of them Rawalpindi Cardiology Hospital is almost functional while another two hospitals would be completed by end of this year or early next year.

He said that Rawalpindi Cardiology Hospital, spread over the area of 80 kanal of land, has the capacity of 272 beds with state-of-the-art emergency services for heart patient where treatment would be provided to the patients free of cost. He further said that they have plans to provide free of cost treatment to deserving patients while would only charge from 20 per cent of the patients who afford the costly treatment.

He said that Rawalpindi Institute of Urology would be another mega hospital with the capacity of 450 beds and would be completed with the estimated cost of Rs 4 billion, The project would be completed by end of 2014 and it would be the second state of the art institution after the Karachi Urology Hospital in the country.

Yet another hospital Gynaecology Hospital with the capacity of 50 beds would also be nearing completion and would be functional in the fall of October 2014. Over 10,000 new jobs for doctors, paramedical and general staff would be generated in these three hospitals.

Hanif Abbasi said that construction of flyover at Chandani Chowk was completed in record time of 120 days, which was in a way record period to construct half a kilometre fly-over with the estimated cost of 1.2 billion. Similarly, another flyover at Sixth Road crossing on Benazir Bhutto Road, with almost the same length would be inaugurated on January 3 and termed it a new year gift to the people of his constituency. Abbasi also referred to the construction of technical training institute, which would cater for the needs of students interested in getting skilled-based education while the existing degree colleges, both for boys and girls, in Rawalpindi were upgraded and new blocks were constructed to accommodate the growing needs of the residents.

To a question Hanif Abbasi said that keeping in view the needs of inter-city commuters, especially those who used to travel between the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad Punjab Government has envisaged a project to ply some 500 air-conditioned buses on various routes linking Rawalpindi city with suburban towns including Tazila, Wah, Gujar Khan, Kahuta and Kalar Syedan.

Besides these routes Punjab Government was eager to start bus service between Rawalpindi and Islamabad and as soon as the Federal Government would provide them bus bay at Secretariat they would launch this service.