Federal Minister of Water Resources Faisal Vawda was the first to speak at the ceremony. He thanked Prime Minister Imran for building trust and encouraging his team. He also thanked the retired Chief Justice, the Army Chief and the President of the Water and Electricity Development Authority for their participation in the efforts to build the dam.
The minister said schools, hospitals, jobs, and roadblocks were not created in the past, as previous politicians were “busy doing politics”.
“We have not only begun the preliminary work, but we have received for the first time a rebate of 18 billion rupees,” he told the Prime Minister.
“We have created 27,000 to 28,000 jobs in the Mohmand and Diamer-Bhasha Dam projects for which we will soon be hiring,” Vawda said. He added that “for the first time, a minister (Vawda) will proceed from his own pocket to that of his friends and with the help of Pakistanis … will announce 200 to 400 jobs and jobs in his own constituency in Karachi” before the Ramazan 10 fast, in line with the Prime Minister’s vision for poverty reduction.
Prime Minister Imran, who had been to the Tirah Valley for a sports gala, began his speech by referring to Vawda’s speech.
“I would like to talk about Faisal Vawda for a minute, because he gave such a heated speech, he completely forgot to talk about the dam, he talked about it for a few minutes before moving on to other topics.” said the president. said the prime minister, as the camera zoomed in on an uncomfortable Vawda. “But he spoke with the heart,” he added.
He pointed out that the Mangla and Tarbela dams were built in the 1960s when Pakistan was making rapid progress. Over time, he said, the country has stopped progressing and is facing a huge debt.
The prime minister said that the reason the dams were not built in Pakistan is that they can not be built before five years and therefore politicians have not focused on the question. He said that while former President Ayub Khan was a military dictator, he should be commended for his “long-term thinking” and dam construction.
He added that China’s development was explained by the fact that they had planned their evolution in 20 years. “They do not care about elections,” he said.
He regretted that politicians ignored the tribal areas and Balochistan because they could not get votes from these areas.
He thanked former Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar for taking the initiative to stress the importance of the roadblocks, even though “the case should have been raised by the country’s prime minister”.
Source: Dawn News.