DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The day after leaving Opposition’s questions unanswered in the Parliament on Panama leaks, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif takes on Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf.
At the groundbreaking of the Dera Ismail Khan-Hakla Motorway on Tuesday, the prime minister sustained his party's streak of vengeance towards the opposition.
Despite saying he would "not discuss his political opponents", the prime minister fell back into his routine of lashing out at the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI). He brought up the party's recent loss in the Peshawar PK-8 by-polls, saying: The PTI candidate placed third in the polls because "the people of Peshawar have realised there is no Naya Pakistan coming up.”
"Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is slipping from your hands," he said, addressing the PTI. "You will not even have KP in 2018, much less Pakistan.”
Nawaz performed the groundbreaking ceremony of a gas pipeline and the 285-kilometre-long DI Khan-Hakla Motorway, part of the western leg of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The project is set to be completed in two years at a cost of more than Rs142 billion. Starting at DI Khan, the route will be linked with Mughalkot in Balochistan.
The motorway is set to be constructed in five stages and passes through Pindi Gheb, Sawan, Mianwali, Rokhri, Rehmani Khel and will terminate at Yarik (DI Khan).
The PM also allocated a fund of Rs500 million for development projects in DI Khan, including an agriculture university and an international airport. "Civil Aviation Authority and Pakistan International Airways have been directed to provide facilities to accommodate ATR planes so that international travel is more convenient."
A separate fund of Rs770 million has been reserved for the gas pipeline.