We are not political orphans: Abbasi

MUZAFFARABAD – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Friday that PML-N government was strong and stable and the party would contest 2018 polls with a strong portfolio on the basis of several completed development projects.

Addressing a gathering here after inaugurating the 436 million US dollars 147 MW Patrind Hydropower Project (the Project) on river Kunhar, he dismissed speculations that the government would not complete its term.

“We are not political orphans and are here till June 15, 2018 and contest the next polls with a strong portfolio,” he said.

“We do not believe in hollow slogans, as we have done work on the ground which is a clear evidence of our commitment to serve the masses.”

He said that the next government would again be of PML-N as the people know that this was the only party that selflessly serves the masses.

Abbasi said that it was the Nawaz Sharif government that took the initiative of bringing to life redundant power projects that were shelved in the past.

He said that even a glance of power production from year 2000 to 2013 would show that nothing significant was achieved.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the initiation of commercial operations of the Patrind Hydropower plant and its timely completion.

He hoped that the IPP project would help meet the demand of electricity for Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

He termed it a landmark achievement for Pakistan and Korea cooperation and appreciated Daewoo for its long term commitment with Pakistan.

He said that Pakistan today was self sufficient in power generation and said the current output exceeded the demand.

He hoped that it would be sufficient to meet the demand during the next summer as well.  He regretted that the previous governments failed in meeting their obligations and it was only the PML-N government that realised its responsibility and managed to produce 10,500 MW of electricity in four and half years of time.

He said that several other projects were in different phases of completion and hoped the power generation would further go up.  He cited the projects of Lowari Tunnel and Diamer Bhasha Dam that despite several promises and inaugural plaques failed to make any headway.

He said that the projects of Gwadar and motorways were today a reality and playing a key role in national economy.

He also mentioned the Super Highway between Karachi and Hyderabad and said that it was ignored even by five Prime Ministers from Sindh. However it was only the PML-N government that took up the initiative of expanding it.

Similarly, he said that the Nandipur project too was neglected and only it was the PML-N government that made it functional.

He said that the Federal government accords high priority to projects in Azad Kashmir and said several other projects were in different phases of completion.

He assured that the government fully stands by the AJK government and would continue to facilitate its development projects.

He said that the PML-N government provided record funds to the provinces and said it doubled the funding for AJK from Rs 11 billion to Rs 22 billion.

Earlier, he inaugurated the run-of-river project that had been completed by Star Hydro Power Limited, an Independent Power Producer (IPP) and was located near village Patrind, District Muzaffarabad of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

The Prime Minister was also briefed about the Project that shall generate, on average, 632 GWh of electricity annually.

Under the project the water of river Kunhar would be diverted through a weir, located near village Patrind, and a left bank conveyance system of headrace tunnel to the right bank of river Jhelum, near the city of Muzaffarabad, where a powerhouse had been built.

AJK President Masood Khan, Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan and Minister for Kashmir Affairs Birjees Tahir and senior Ministers of the AJK were present on the occasion.

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