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PM calls for consensus to create new provinces

BAHAWALPUR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday stressed the need for evolving political consensus to create new provinces in the country.

He was addressing public gathering after inauguration of forty-five kilometer Jalalpur Pirwala-Uch Sharif section of National Highway near Bahawalpur.

Highlighting the PML-N government’s performance, the premier said the government under the leadership of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif carried out more development work than any other government over the last 70 years.

In July this year, he said, the people will elect the PML-N again and reject those doing the politics of telling lies.

Referring to the recent desertions from the party, he said the deserters remained associated with the party for about five years, but now when the government is nearing the end of its tenure, they jumped the ship.

He said a single party could not bring an amendment to the country’s Constitution, which warranted consensus. All political parties would have to work together for creation of new provinces, he said while calling on them to evolve consensus over the issue.

This issue could only be resolved by sitting together, the premier emphasized. The current government completed power projects of about 10,400 megawatt of electricity to address energy crisis, he said and added there is a marked difference between the current government’s performance and the previous ones.

The governments of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, and PTI chairman Imran Khan [in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa] didn’t do anything to serve the masses.

Abbasi said political decisions should be taken at polling stations, not courts. The coming general elections will vindicate Nawaz Sharif’s stance, he added.



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