Lahore (Web Desk/Agencies): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday once again urged all political forces to agree on unanimous charter of economy and democracy for the sake of continuity of policies and for the prosperous future of the country.
Addressing a ceremony to award laptops to talented students of Danish Schools System, the prime minister regretted that the false allegations of thefts and corruption had divided the nation and spread venom.
He said that during the past 15 months of the coalition government, they had faced issues like floods, price hike and International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement but he had never witnessed such a bitter divide in the society throughout his life.
PM Shehbaz said that in different parts of the world, elections were being held, but the worst divide which had been created in Pakistan, had destroyed the country’s progress and prosperity.
He stressed that a charter of economy and democracy would ensure continuity in policies, irrespective of change of governments, as had been pursued by different countries of the world.
The prime minister called upon all to realize the issues confronted by the country.
Terming the IMF’s agreement as 'a breather for the country', he stressed that they should convert it into an opportunity, adding that it was also a moment of introspection for all.
"We should bury our differences and become one and if we decide it, then nothing can hinder the country from moving on the path of progress and prosperity," the premier said, adding that we have to resolve to equip young generations with the latest education especially the poor and deprived classes.
The prime minister maintained that Pakistan was blessed with natural resources, but these could not be fully explored rather the country had paid huge amounts on litigation abroad.
He said the disparity among different segments of society was not permissible in the country conceived by Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The ceremony was attended by Caretaker Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi, parliamentarians, relevant authorities and a large number of students.
The prime minister congratulated the students on their success and said they owed their success due to their talent and hard work and the dedication of their teachers, management and the provincial government’s support.
The prime minister recollected that when Dansih schools were established, they had faced stiff resistance from different quarters.
Today Danish schools, had become a model institutions for the those students who could not afford expensive private education, he added. The prime minister vowed to construct similar projects across the country if came to power after the upcoming elections.
He said if these students were deprived of such educational facilities, they would have wasted in the wilderness of the backward areas, but now these schools have turned them into gems.
He said about 50,000 students were being imparted education in the Dansih schools.
The prime minister said that no nation could aspire to achieve progress unless its youth were properly educated.
Citing the laptop scheme, he said during COVID 19, the students continued their studies with the facility of laptops and became freelancers and now were earning respectable earnings.
Earlier today, the premier urged the people to consider the facts involving pathetic and poor performance of corruption tainted government of Pakistan Teheek-e-Insaf (PTI) with that of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which had always been the pioneer of mega development projects.
"We will accept public mandate in the upcoming general elections and if the PML-N under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif got another opportunity to serve the country, they would restore the real image of Pakistan," he said.
The prime minister was addressing a ceremony after stone laying of different significant development projects which included 19Kms long Lahore bypass linking Kala Shah Kaku with Lahore-Karachi Motorway at a cost of Rs35 billion. The project will create about 27,000 jobs opportunities.
The prime minister also broke ground for expansion of Lahore-Karachi Motorway Saggian road and main Ravi bridge which would ease vehicular traffic, help save fuel and create jobs opportunities.
Later, he also laid foundation stones of Esaan (Sharqpur) interchange at Abdul Hakeem Motorway and the establishment of Quaid Azam University campus and soft launch of construction of a scout college.
Declaring former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as ‘a builder of Pakistan, man behind ending loadshedding, launching of multi dollars China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and a builder of a vast network of roads and putting the country on path of rapid progress, he said Nawaz Sharif aspired to transform the country into 'an Asian tiger'.
Unfortunately, his rule was ended in 2018 through a huge conspiracy hatched against Pakistan, the prime minister regretted.
If the PML-N was in the government during the four years of PTI’s rule, the country would have a different destiny, he added.
The prime minister also questioned Imran Niazi’s claims of returning back $300 billion stashed outside Pakistan within ninety days and said the PTI’s government did not get any single penny during the four years of its rule.
Referring to Rs50 billion amount recovery scandal, he said, the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) had investigated the issue and after out of court settlement with the other party, decided to return the amount to the government exchequer but it did not go to State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) rather went to the Supreme Court where Niazi's government became a party.
A closed envelop was presented before the cabinet in this regard without showing or discussing it with the members and approval was accorded, he added.
"It was a huge crime as to how the national exchequer was plundered," he said, adding the BRT Peshawar, Toshakhana, Malam Jabba, sugar scams etc were the other major corruption cases of PTI.
The prime minister said the UK crime agency had also carried out investigation against him for two years over false allegations and at the request of PTI’s government but later, gave him clean chit.
Citing difficulties regarding the IMF’s agreement, the prime minister said China, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stood with Pakistan like rocks.
He said that he could not sleep due to fears of Pakistan being at the verge of default, but with the grace of Allah Almighty, Pakistan was now, on its right direction.
The prime minister also underlined the priorities of his government including agriculture development, information technology, exploration of minerals etc to achieve progress.
He reiterated that life could no longer be led on foreign loans and stressed that the country people have to decide whether to live with respect or on begging.
Referring to the soft launch of uplift projects in the area, he expressed the confidence that it would uplift facade of the area and ease traffic vehicular traffic, besides boosting trade activities.