Gov’t to approach Supreme Court on Ravi Urban project: PM

Industrial sector resumes progressing due to Govt's successful policies: PM

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LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said the government would invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court after the High Court nullified the Ravi Urban Development Project. Speaking to the media during his visit to Rakh Jhok forest, the prime minister said this time, the case would be presented in a better manner to appraise the Honourable Court about the significance of the project in view of urban development and civic facilities. The prime minister said there was a misconception about the Ravi Urban project that it was a housing society. Instead, he said, the grand project aimed at correcting the faults in the wake of unplanned construction of the city. He highlighted the salient features of the project including plantation of twenty million trees as part of forestation, construction of barrages to up water table, and filtration of sewerage. He said the Rs 20-billion-dollar project would provide employment and encourage foreign investment, adding that already Rs 1.5 billion had been received in this regard. Imran Khan said wealth creation would help run 40 affiliated industries. “We need to set up new cities in view of the growing population, otherwise we will not be able to provide civic facilities to people,” he said.

He mentioned that Lahore in near future could face similar civic problems like Karachi as a result of unplanned urban development. He regretted that the Sindh government did not allow construction at Bundle Island which was also a megaproject in line with the planned development of cities.  Likewise, Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed commitment to rid Pakistan of all forms of terrorism. In a tweet today (Friday), he said our brave soldiers continue to lay down their lives to keep us safe from terrorists. Imran Khan said he salutes the ten martyred soldiers who repulsed a terrorist fire raid on a check post in the Kech area of Balochistan. Earlier, in a statement, the Prime Minister expressed deep grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of ten Pakistan Army soldiers in a terrorist attack on a security check post in the Kech area. He expressed sympathy with the heirs of the martyrs.

The Prime Minister said each drop of the Jawans’ blood guarantees the security of the country. He said the coward enemy is facing a strong nation that defeated terrorism in the past as well. Interior Minister condemns terrorist attack on security forces’ check post. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has condemned the terrorist attack on a security forces check post in Balochistan’s Kech district. In a statement today (Friday), he expressed grief over the martyrdom of ten soldiers. He said the attack on security forces deployed for the protection of our homeland is the worst form of terrorism. Prime Minister Imran Khan says the industrial sector has resumed progressing due to the government’s successful policies. He was chairing a review meeting in Lahore today [Friday] to review the progress of ongoing development projects in the Faisalabad Division. Prime Minister directed completion of all development projects within a given time frame and of public welfare projects on a priority basis. He said that foreign investments will boost after the establishment of the Special Economic Zone in Faisalabad. He said the government is providing health insurance worth over four hundred billion rupees for all families in the province through Health Card. During the meeting, the Prime Minister was told that construction work of important highways and link roads is in progress in Faisalabad Division. The meeting also discussed proposed public transport, IT University, and city beautification projects for Faisalabad. Further, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar held a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan in Lahore on Friday. During the meeting, the overall political and administrative situation in the province and ongoing development and public welfare projects were discussed. Punjab Law Minister, Raja Basharat met with Prime Minister Imran Khan in Lahore on Friday. During the meeting, matters related to legislation in the province were discussed. Chief Minister Punjab, Sardar Usman Buzdar was also present on the occasion.

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