Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the 45km Jalalpur Pirwala-Uch Sharif section of the National Highway near Bahawalpur, on Saturday.
Located in South Punjab near Bahawalpur, the road is part of the national highway connecting Multan with Shujabad, Jalalpur Pirwala, Uch Sharif and Tranda Muhammad Panah.
The project would ease the traffic flow at N-5 besides reducing the travel duration to accelerate the economic activities in the area.
It would also help reduce poverty by creating employment opportunities besides facilitating the transportation of agriculture produce to the markets.
Realizing the importance of South Punjab for being the hub of cotton production, the incumbent government had launched various projects of basic infrastructure and economic growth for socio-economic uplift of the people.
The National Highway Authority launched work on 142-kilometer Multan-Taranda Muhammad Panah road that could be used by the traffic moving from Karachi to Lahore and Peshawar and goods transport moving from Balochistan to Multan via Dera Ghazi Khan.
“Politicians serve the country–not dictators,” said the prime minister while addressing a gathering.
“Decisions about politics are not taken in courts, they are made by the people of Pakistan.”
The prime minister said the only decisions that carried weight were the ones made by the people. He said that PML-N would once again become victorious as people would vote for the party in the coming elections.
“Nawaz Sharif will emerge victorious again in July,” he said.
He credited the former prime minister with inaugurating Lowari tunnel and said that Sharif’s political opponents could only use harsh language against him but not serve the country.
Story first published: 14th April 2018