Prime Minister Imran Khan along with former chief justice Saqib Nisar on Thursday (May 2) performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Mohmand Dam in the Mohmand district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). Former chief justice Saqib Nisar is also present at the occasion.
While addressing the groundbreaking ceremony, Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked ex-CJP Nisar for raising awareness and said “Our government had failed in thinking about the future of Pakistan. This led to a chief justice of the country raising an issue which should have been done by the prime minister and government. I want to thank Justice Saqib Nisar for this,” he said.
“There cannot be investment in any country until there is peace. People want to invest in Pakistan because they think there is peace here. Unemployment will begin to decrease when there is investment in the country” he added. while criticizing previous governments he said “China has progressed because its leadership does not think about winning the election, rather it thinks about planning for the future of the country.”
Meanwhile former chief justice Nisar also addressed the ceremony and said “The Supreme Court hasn’t done a favour to any one [since it initiated the dam fund]. It [the dam] has become a campaign and a movement,” he said. “I am hopeful, because of the manner in which you worked and the will and resolve with which the chairman Wapda worked, that the dam will be completed within the stipulated time and budget,” he asserted.
The dam is being constructed on the Swat River and shall be completed by 2024 at a cost of over Rs183 billion with a storage capacity of over two million acre-feet.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Dr. Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan were also present on the occasion.
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