PM Nawaz Sharif address at the inauguration ceremony of Sialkot-Lahore Motorway

PM Nawaz Sharif address at the inauguration ceremony of Sialkot-Lahore Motorway

SIALKOT: (APP) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the year 2018 would herald an end to load-shedding as various power plants were being installed across the country in Kasur, Thar, Bhikki and Port Qasim.

The government would not only overcome the deficiency, but also provide cheap electricity, he said, adding that fruits of prosperity had started oozing out from the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He thanked the Chinese government for becoming a partner of the Pakistani government in the country's development and making investment to steer it out of the power crisis.

He said Pakistan Railways had also been overhauled for which he congratulated Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq.

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid and other notables were also present on the stage.

The Prime Minister said the PIA's services had been improved to a great extent as it had recently launched Premier Service that would also start from Sialkot.

He said the plan by Sialkot businessmen to launch a new airline was laudable, hoping that the fate of the city would change in the near future.

He said after completion of Sialkot-Lahore Motorway, the travel duration would shrink from three hours to just 50 minutes and announced that access roads from Sialkot and Sambrial to motorway would also be constructed.

The Prime Minister also announced the construction of Sialkot- Kharian Motorway, besides Metro Bus and Orange Train projects would also be launched in the city.

Appreciating the role of residents of Sialkot, he said it was a city of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and many other stalwart personalities and said that he always received warm affection and promised them gifts in the form of mega development projects in future.

The Prime Minister said there was no match for the affection and patriotism of the residents of Sialkot.

He said progress and prosperity was written on the wall for the countrymen and no one could snatch it.

He also lauded the sacrifices of the armymen, personnel of law enforcement agencies and the people of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.

"We salute them for fighting bravely the menace of terrorism and defeating it," he said and assured that terrorism would be eliminated forever.

Nawaz Sahrif hoped that he himself would inaugurate the motorway project after its completion before raising slogan of `Long live Pakistan' and joining hands with the party leaders at the stage.