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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said the entire nation should support the national agenda to take the country forward on the path to progress and prosperity and politics of leg pulling or sabotage should be set aside.

He said the Motorway is a precious national asset playing an important role in country's economic development and prosperity and providing connectivity from North to South that would promote linkages among the people.

"Let us take Pakistan to a bright future and leave politics aside for the future. There is no room for a separate agenda of pulling legs. Those using negative tactics against the government are actually pulling legs of the country" the PM remarked.

Nawaz Sharif was addressing after ground-breaking of 62 km Gojra-Shorkot section of Faisalabad-Multan Motorway (M-4) at Gojra on Monday. The prime minister urged political elements, who are pursuing their personal agenda, to support the government's national agenda of progress and prosperity.

The Prime Minister said the six-lane Lahore-Karachi Motorway is a grand project, which will have great impact on country's economy. He said work is already in progress on Karachi-Hyderabad section of this motorway, while ground-breaking of its Lahore-Multan section will be done soon.

The Prime Minister regretted that no one paid attention to Lahore-Islamabad motorway during the past 10-15 years, as it required overlaying, which is now being done at a cost of billions of rupees.

Nawaz Sharif said that engineers had estimated the cost of Gojra-Shorkot section of the M-4 at Rs21 billion. But it will be completed with Rs17 billion, saving a huge amount of Rs4 billion which is a proof of good governance and transparency," he claimed.

He said that high-quality Faisalabad-Gojra section of M4 has already been completed, adding that work on Shorkot-Khanewal section of M4 would started soon, while the Khanewal-Multan section has also already been completed.

The Prime Minister said the government is providing relief to the farmers under Ts341 billion Kissan Package to make up for the losses they suffered due to low prices of rice and cotton. Similarly, billions of rupees are being spent on the relief and rehabilitation of quake-hit people, he added.

The Prime Minister said that work is underway on apace to end electricity loadshedding by year 2018 once and for all. Nawaz Sharif pointed out that his government has saved Rs110 billion on three LNG-based energy projects.

He said that the law and order situation has considerably improved in the country particularly in Karachi because of effective measures taken to curb the menace of terrorism. The lights of Karachi have been restored and businessmen are coming to invest in the country, the PM remarked.

He informed that billions of rupees are being spent on operation Zarb-e-Azb, National Action Plan and rehabilitation of TDPs and earthquake affectees.

The Prime Minister said that Gwadar Port is being developed and huge investment is coming from China in connection with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said it should not be made controversial. "It is a game changer and everyone should rise above petty interest to get this project of national import completed to change the destiny of Pakistan," Pm Nawaz emphasised.

Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana, Chinese construction companies engineers, NHA officials, Faisalabad commissioner and RPO, DCOs and DPOs of Toba and Jhang districts, MNAs - Khalid Warraich and Junaid Anwaar, MPAs - Qadir Awan, Mian Rafiq, Amjad Javed, Sardar Ayub Gadhi and Nazia Raheel were also present on the occasion. Strict security arrangements were made around the venue of ceremony while local reporters of both the print and electronic media were not invited to the function.