PM throws open challenge to opposition parties

PM throws open challenge to opposition parties

BHAKKAR - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday challenged the opposition parties to move a no-confidence motion in the National Assembly and dissolve their respective provincial assemblies and face the masses’ decision in next elections.

“They threatened to dissolve provincial assemblies to impede Senate elections. I have a clear message for those who curse the Parliament to dare dissolve assemblies, if anyone can.

The people will give their response in election of July, 2018. This politics of falsehood, conspiracy and curse will be buried forever,” he remarked addressing the launching ceremony of Prime Minister’s Health Insurance Card here.

Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar and Punjab Health Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique and parliamentarians from the area were also present on the occasion.

Those who had staged circus at the Mall Road of Lahore would come to know what the politics is as they would approach masses after dissolving the provincial assemblies. People have not voted them to dissolve assemblies but for resolving national and public issues, he added. He assured the gathering that the PML-N’s government would complete its term.

“I challenge those cursers to move a no-confidence motion in the National Assembly. Those who desire to dissolve assembly should first go there before making any such attempt,” he said addressing a charged gathering holding party flags.

Criticizing the opposition’s failed power show in Lahore, the prime minister said they had set a new precedent of cursing the parliament despite striving to become its member.

He said Nawaz Sharif always believed in politics of decency, public welfare and national development, not of cursing the parliament.

The prime minister also distributed health insurance cards among the deserving people that would allow them free medical treatment of up to Rs0.3 million from private hospitals. He said now the poor people would not have to take loans and sell out their belongings to support the medical treatment of their dear ones.

He said around 1.5 million families were benefiting from the health card scheme that was the brainchild of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif aimed at providing the medical facility to poor at par with the rich people.

He assured that the scheme would be launched in every district of the country, besides GB, FATA and AJK.

The prime minister who earlier launched work on a bridge to connect Bhakkar with DI Khan as well as Punjab with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said the project would cost Rs7 billion and complete in 18 months to reduce the distance of hours to minutes.

He said during last 65 years, only 580 kilometers long motorway was constructed and that too by the PML-N government but during the last five years, the government had extended the motorways network to 1,700 kilometers besides 5,000 kilometers long other roads.

He said besides roads, the power projects had been set up to generate power even more than the one generated during last 65 years. Gas was also available to all the consumers without interruption.

He said the gas supply network was also being expanded and announced that work on gas supply to Kalllur Kot and Darya Khan areas would start soon.

He said despite all protests by the opposition, the government did not suspended its development agenda. He told the gathering that the PML-N voters would not have to feel embarrassment for voting the party into the government.

He also announced to name the bridge after renowned politician late Zafarullah Khan of the area.

The prime minister also announced the establishment of Thal University in Bhakkar besides approving the construction of three different roads in the area.

He also announced a grant of Rs1 billion for the road and power projects in NA-73 and also committed to announce development projects for nearby NA-74 during his visit of the constituency.

Earlier, addressing the gathering, Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar said through this health card, around 146,000 families would benefit and get medical treatment in the best hospitals of the area. -APP

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