DASU - Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Friday said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is not the party of the deserters and it would face the publiccourt.

Addressing a gathering at the foundation stone laying ceremony of 63-kilometer Thakot-Dasu Road, the prime minister said that his party served the people during the most difficult times.

"We are not like those who run away, we will stand up and fight the critics and prove that the people of Pakistan consider the PPP a sign of hope,” Ashraf said.

He strongly dismissed criticism of government’s development projects. "We will not stop serving the masses or stop doing developmental work."

The premier was briefed about the Thahkot-Dasu Road that will be completed in 30 months,providing access to the 4,320 MW Dasu Power Project besides serving as an alternative route to the Karakoram Highway.

Ashraf said:“Some people are doing unnecessary propaganda against the PPP government. But I want to clarify that stage is about to be set and the people will vote. We have served the nation under difficult circumstances and even today people love Zulfikar Ali Bhutto because he gave them right to vote.”

He said that he was proud of being an ordinary member of the Pakistan People’s Party.

He said that the country was facing many challenges when the PPP formed the government but with the help and cooperation of ‘our allies we overcame challenges and served the people’.

I want to tell those people who are sitting in their air conditioned rooms and creating propaganda against the PPP that we are elected representatives of the people of Pakistan, the premier said. “We have been serving the people for 5 years and do not have time to answer the propaganda of our opponents.”

The PM raised the hard area allowance for Kohistan to 40 percent. He directed the Wapda chairman to immediately meet the promises made to the locals and warned him of stern action in case of non-compliance.

He asked the authorities concerned to rebuild schools and promised quota increase in medical and engineering universities for the locals.

He rebuffed the criticism against the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP),saying that it was for the poorest of the poor and would be continued. He said that the government would raise the stipend to Rs10,000. "There is no need to teach us what democracy is and how to serve the masses.”

He lauded the work of MNA Mehboobullah Jan for initiating the arduous task of constructing 29 roads in a difficult terrain. He accepted all the demands of Mehboob.

The prime minister raised slogans of ‘Jeay Bhutto’ andurged the people to vote for the PPP for the continuation of developmental projects.

He said that it was his desire to meet the people of Kohistan, who were ardent supporters of the Pakistan People’s Party. He said he too was an ordinary worker of the PPP and believed in the vision of the martyred leaders - Zufikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.