PM Imran shows full confidence in PML-Q leadership

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leaders are not afraid of anything emphasizing that he has full confidence in the Chaudhry brothers.

He was addressing an international symposium regarding hydropower development in Islamabad on Monday.

He said the PTI people were steadfast and they were not worried about anything.

“Those who are worried, they are holding meetings with Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and inquiring after his health,” he added.

PM Khan said that he had no doubt regarding Chaudhary brothers and the PTI was not concerned at all.

On electricity prices, he said when the price of electricity raised, prices of other things also hiked.

The same is the case with petrol, he added. He said if we had built dams, then electricity would not have become so expensive. He claimed that his PTI never thought about the election, it had done planning for the future.

Prime Minister said that the 10 dams being constructed by the government will double the country’s storage capacity to irrigate more land and help reduce the impact of climate change.

The Prime Minister regretted the indifference of previous governments to the construction of big water reservoirs. He pointed out that China constructed five thousand dams whilst Pakistan only built two major dams back in the 60s.  He said had the hydropower potential of the country was tapped, the country today would not have been faced with the issue of rising prices of electricity as well as inflation.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that his government whilst pursuing the forward looking approach decided to construct ten dams in a decade time. He said given the increase in our population, we have to bring more land under cultivation in areas such as DI Khan, Balochistan and Thar, which can be done with the availability of water. He said Pakistan can become a wheat and cotton exporting country by irrigating more land.

As regards the proposal of Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi for the construction of the Kalabagh Dam, the Prime Minister acknowledged that Pakistan requires more water storage capacity and the very site of Kalabagh is very appropriate for the dam.

He, however, said the people in Sindh have their reservations on this project and without convincing them, the work on this project cannot be started. He said being the federation, we have to take along all the provinces.