Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced on Friday a Rs1 billion uplift project for Jacobabad in Sindh, saying the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government had not done enough to change the fate of the people in the district.
“I promise to give Rs1 billion to the people of Jacobabad to provide clean drinking water, improve road infrastructure, build hospitals and change their living conditions,” the premier said while addressing a public gathering on a blistering-hot day.
Nawaz also announced a health card scheme and 100 power transformers, besides a modern vocational training institute for the women of the district. “The city will also be provided with new gas lines and a passport centre,” he added.
The premier said that he would ensure medical treatment for the poor after being told a man in the crowd was suffering from leukaemia. “We are also building a motorway in Sindh, while powerhouses, including coal-fired ones, are being set up to rid the district and the country of loadshedding once and for all,” he said.
The premier criticised the PPP government for “failing to solve basic issues confronting the masses” and lamented that the district lacked hospitals and clean drinking water, while hepatitis had also spread through the area.
He reiterated that the district and the province, as well as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, will be built on lines similar to the federal capital of Islamabad.
The public meeting comes as the country awaits the verdict in the Panamagate case regarding the Sharif family’s offshore assets.
The political leaders, through such public meetings, are also believed to be gearing up for the 2018 general elections and ensuring maximum support in battleground constituencies.
On April 7, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari visited Balochistan and promised to provide gas and clean water, among other facilities.