PPP govt to remove deprivations of South Punjab: President Zardari


President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said his government would remove the deprivations of the people of South Punjab.
Inaugurating Rashidabad Flyover here, Zardari said 95 percent of development projects in Multan had been completed.
He said southern Punjab was deprived of its share of development in the past‚ but “our government allocated record funds for rapid development of the region”.
The president said it was the government’s desire to remove the backwardness of southern Punjab and “for this funds are being enhanced”.
Earlier addressing the ceremony, former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said President Zardari had released Rs 1.5 billion for the development of Multan.
He said work on a cancer hospital and a burn centre in Multan would begin soon, adding that work on Multan International Airport had been completed. Gilani said work on the Faisalabad-Multan Motorway would also be initiated soon.
“This 500-meter-long flyover has been completed in 10 months at a cost of Rs 1.47 billion,” Gilani said.
Later, addressing a gathering at Jamal Din Wali in Rahim Yar Khan, President Zardari said in line with the vision of Zulfikar Ali and Benazir Bhutto‚ the government was focusing on less developed areas.
He said the government was fully aware of the sense of deprivation of people of South Punjab and was taking concrete steps to remove it.