MOHMAND: Taking a dig at the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that the political party that came from the interior Sindh did nothing for Karachi.
“The same happened with Punjab. Only one city was lifted while the rest of them were neglected,” said the prime minister while addressing tribal elders in Mohmand district after inaugurating Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Road and Nahakki Tunnel.
He said the Islamic state was built on the ideology that the effluent people lift the weak segment of society. There was no idea of a welfare state before the Riyasat e Madina, where the state took responsibility for widow, poor and orphans, he maintained.
Imran Khan said Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Poet of the East Iqbal’s idea was also of an Islamic welfare state.
“I will try to spend as much on tribal areas as possible. There is so much need that we leave no stone unturned for development in the tribal districts,” he said.
On smuggling, he said it destroyed the country. Our industry could not grow if we did not stop smuggling, he said. “We pray that the Afghan peace process becomes successful for it will bring tremendous change in the tribal areas as regional trade would start through them,” he said.
PM Imran vowed to extend all his support to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan for carrying out development work in the tribal areas.
Later, the prime minister also visit Bajaur district and performed the groundbreaking of Timargarh-Khar-Mamad Gat road.
The new projects will provide better means of transportation, trade and job opportunities to the people of Mohmand and Bajaur. These will improve the connectivity of tribal districts with rest of the districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar.
The prime minister will also visit Peshawar and inaugurate the Surgical and Allied Services Block of Lady Reading Hospital.