Gilani sees progress on Seraiki province issue
MULTAN: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that progress in the formation of Seraiki province is expected very soon as the party`s manifesto committee is considering the issue seriously.
Talking to newsmen at Jalalpur Pirwala on Saturday, the prime minister said that two meetings of the manifesto committee had already been held.
Replying to a query about the demand of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif about the constitution of a commission to investigate the PNS Mehran attack, he said that the government had taken appropriate steps in this regard as it was well aware of the sensitivity of the issue.
Speaking on the budget, he said the government had increased salaries of its employees despite financial crisis. He said the country`s economy was facing problems because of multiple reasons, including war on terror, last year`s floods, global recession and energy crisis.
Replying to another query about the Parliament`s resolution on drone attacks, Gilani said the government was trying to convince the US authorities to stop the exercise besides raising the issue at all related forums.
Addressing a public gathering earlier, the prime minister said his government was serving the masses without considering their political affiliations and PPP`s political rivals should also serve the masses instead of misleading them as no single political party could resolve the issues the country was facing.
He said that his government was the first PPP-led elected government after Zulfikar Ali Bhutto that had presented the fourth budget.
The PM inaugurated Musa Pak Shaheed Bridge, besides performing ground-breaking of a water supply scheme and the campus of Virtual University in Jalalpur Pirwala. He has also inaugurated the City Railway Station in Multan.
According to APP, the 600 metres long Musa Pak Shaheed bridge over river Sutlej was a longstanding demand of the people of the area. It was completed at a cost of Rs 1616 million and would reduce travel distance between Multan and Taranda Muhammad Panah by 40 kilometres.
The four-lane bridge (dual carriageway) has a 4.5 km long approach road and is 18 kms from Jalalpur Pirwala in the south.
The urban water supply scheme would be completed at a cost of Rs 109.372 million. It would provide clean drinking water to the people of an area where ground water was unfit for human consumption. The scheme would benefit about 55000 people living in various urban settlements of Jalalpur Pirwala.
Gilani also performed the ground breaking of campus of Virtual University in the city. The project would be completed at a cost of Rs 35 million. The VU campus would provide distance-cum-online learning facility.