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PML-N fulfilled all promises: Party leaders
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May 22, 2018

PML-N leaders say their party has delivered and fulfilled all the promises made to people in 2013.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Islamabad this afternoon, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said the PML-N government added 10,000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, restored peace in Karachi, and ensured Balochistan's inclusion in the mainstream development process.

He said Pakistan's economy has been put at a growth momentum by resolving the issue of energy shortage and defeating terrorism in the country.

He said investment worth billions of dollars came under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is a game changer project for the country.

Ahsan Iqbal said it is an irony that PTI Chief Imran Khan has presented a program of hundred days of his future government, but he is unable to apprise the nation bout his 90-days agenda it had put forth for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after winning 2013 elections.

He said Imran Khan had been criticizing the Metro Bus project implemented by the PML-N government in various cities of Punjab, but then itself announced the project in Peshawar, but could not complete it in four years.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said the people of Pakistan vote any party on the basis of performance and they will certainly support PML-N in upcoming general elections.

She said PML-N started metro bus projects in Multan, Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Islamabad, besides inaugurating Orange Line Train project in Lahore. She said the government constructed 1,700 kilometers long network of motorways across Pakistan, besides projects of roads and highways of worth thousands of kilometers.

Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said that Imran Khan's 100-day plan is not practicable and looks ridiculous.

He said the estimated cost of the 100-day plan is about 1600 billion rupees, but the PTI chief has not explained how he will arrange the amount.

Highlighting the government's performance in power and water sectors, Minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari said it is the PML-N government that presented Pakistan's first ever water policy with the approval of all the four provinces.

Minister for Federal Education and Training Baligh-ur-Rehman said the federal government disbursed 107 billion rupees to provincial universities through Higher Education Commission, which was standing at 45 billion rupees in 2013.

Giving performance chart of the health sector, Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar said although health is a devolved subject, the federal government delivered on its part, improving indicators in every area of health sector.                                  

Punjab Government Spokesperson Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan said Punjab Government has established state of the art forensic lab and Punjab Safe Cities Authority in the province.          

Presenting the government's economic performance during the last five years, the Advisor on Finance Affairs Haroon Akhtar said during the PML-N government the revenue collection has been doubled while tax to GDP rate has been increased by three percent.

He said GDP growth rate was increased from 3.8 percent in 2013 to 5.8 percent, Consumer Price Index decreased from 7.98 percent to 3.78 percent. He said inflation has been decreased.

Haroon Akhtar said per capita income increased from 1333 dollars in 2013 to 1640 dollars over the past five years while Stock Market Index has touched 41600 points despite the current political turmoil.

About tax relief, the Advisor on Finance said corporate tax was reduced from 35 percent to 30 percent, and another five percent reduction has been announced in the next budget.