PML-N Popularity Goes UpBy Mughal Ejaz • Jan 31st, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look • 4 Comments
IRI survey is a shut up call for PML-N critics. Survey confirms that PML-N emerged as popular party at both national and provincial level. It leaves no shadow of doubt that PML-N under the visionary leadership of Mian Nawaz Sharif created a niche among the citizens of Pakistan.
All the efforts by rival parties to dwarf PML-N went in futile. Long hours of load shedding in Punjab, CNG cut and several other cheap tactics were deployed to diminish the popularity of PML-N among public but bite the dust finally.
The current wave of public awareness has altogether changed the parameters of leadership selection. Today only those political parties can remain on political map that practice politics of people’s welfare. Performance is the only point where political parties are going to win mandate and no one competes PML-N in its unrivaled performance. Furthermore the concept of welfare state is going to dominate all other forms of governance. Indeed PML-N is the first to adopt this concept.
PML-N was accused of “Friendly opposition” but the fact is, that Mian Nawaz Sharif never wanted to derail a democratic process for he knew that democracy is the system that weeds out unwanted elements from political landscape. Apart from politics of principles PML-N deserves credit for its struggle for integrity and solidarity of the country and not for gaining power
IRI does not operate in vacuum. Indeed the survey is conducted in Pakistan and these are the Pakistani people who voted for PML-N in the survey. It is just because of tireless efforts of PML-N leaders that today PML-N stays at top. Mian Shehbaz Sharif spent billions on several welfare projects. In Lahore alone PML-N spent billions to complete infrastructure projects that include, LDA Avenue-I Housing Scheme, Lahore, at a cost of Rs985.95 million.It also gave go ahead for widening, improving and carpeting of 3-kilometre long service roads along Khayaban-e-Firdousy from Shauk Chowk to Southern By Pass, MA Johar Town, at a cost of Rs102 million.The project of construction of bridge at Satukatla Drain near Chandni Chowk Quaid-e-Azam Town, will cost Rs39.455 million. An amount of Rs9.32 million will be paid as compensation of 12 structures that had been acquired near Kharak in Sabzazar Scheme, for widening and improving the Multan Road. It also approved the proposal of construction of signal free junction at Qartaba Chowk, Ferozpur Road, on engineering procurement construction basis.
In Rawalpindi, the development projects worth over Rs 16 billion has been completed. That included several flyovers and underpasses. Three new hospitals, one of them Rawalpindi Cardiology Hospital is almost functional while another two hospitals would be completed by end of this year or early next year. Similarly Rawalpindi Cardiology Hospital, spread over the area of 80 kanal of land, has the capacity of 272 beds with state-of-the-art emergency services for heart patient where treatment would be provided to the patients free of cost. Rawalpindi Institute of Urology would be another mega hospital with the capacity of 450 beds and would be completed with the estimated cost of Rs 4 billion; the project would be completed by the end of next year. Yet another hospital Gynaecology Hospital with the capacity of 50 beds would also be nearing completion and would be functional in the fall of October 2014. Over 10,000 new jobs for doctors, paramedical and general staff would be generated in these three hospitals. keeping in view the needs of inter-city commuters, especially those who used to travel between the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad Punjab Government has envisaged a project to ply some 500 air-conditioned buses on various routes linking Rawalpindi city with suburban towns including Taxila, Wah, Gujar Khan, Kahuta and Kalar Syedan.
Apart from development projects, laptops worth Rs 8 billion are being distributed among talented boy and girl students purely on merit basis and brilliant students of Azad Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Sindh and Balochistan have also been included in this revolutionary programme. He said that transparency and merit have been promoted in the province. In “ Apna Rozgar Scheme” more than 15,000 yellow cabs have distributed among unemployed poor people. Metro Bus Service, a project of worth 25 billion has been completed. All this happened during the rule of PML-N.
There several other good things to mention yet for those who are still adamant to accept PML-N’s performance, it is an eye opener. PML-N proved that it is committed for the welfare of people and is the only political party that has vision to steer country on the way of progress and prosperity.