Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the government has steered the country out of difficult times and now it will witness sustainable growth and development. 

He was addressing a ceremony after performing the groundbreaking of the upgradation and rehabilitation of 62 kilometers long Lodhran-Multan Highway in Islamabad on Friday. The project will be completed at a cost Rs6.886 billion in two years’ time.

The PM said there will be now wealth generation and people will get job opportunities. On the economic front, he said the people will continue to hear good news. Imran Khan said the country registered a growth of four percent this financial year despite COVID-19. He said the government not only saved our people from the pandemic but also the economy.

The PM said the government is focusing on uplifting agriculture, industries, IT, housing, and tourism to take the country forward. Imran Khan said a package is being brought for the farmers to bring a green revolution in the country.

The PM said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project has entered the next phase of industrialisation wherein the Chinese companies will relocate their industries in the Special Economic Zones of Pakistan. Imran said the government is building 10 dams as part of efforts to enhance the water storage capacity.

Imran Khan said the government has given unprecedented incentives to the construction industry and as a result of which the cement sale has reached record levels. Regarding the affordable houses for the people under Naya Pakistan Housing Program, the premier said the people have shown great interest in taking soft loans from the banks for the construction of houses. He said the banks have so far received loan demands of Rs60 billion.

He said the government also has a plan to establish such financial institutions which only provide loans for the construction of houses. The PM said the government has waged a struggle to purge the society from different mafias, who only work for their vested interests.

He said PTI’s struggle is aimed at ensuring rule of law in the country as no society can progress without bringing the powerful people under the umbrella of law.

In his remarks, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said three districts of South Punjab: Bahawalpur, Lodhran and Multan will greatly benefit from the upgradation project launched today.

He said this will reduce the travel time between Bahawalpur and Multan to only forty five minutes. He said it is the first time that separate development fund is being allocated for South Punjab from the budget of Punjab.


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