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Overseas Pakistanis are precious assets of the country: PM



ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that concrete steps are being taken to give Islamabad residents the best infrastructure and transportation options.

He gave the necessary authorities instructions to work toward providing capital city residents with amenities of the highest caliber. The meeting on Islamabad’s development initiatives was presided over by the prime minister. According to a press release from the PM Office Media Wing, the meeting was attended by senior officials including the chairman of the Capital Development Authority, secretaries, and the ministers of finance and interior. Former members of the National Assembly Hanif Abbasi, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, and Anjum Aqeel were also present.

PM Shehbaz also directed for acceleration of pace on the ongoing development projects without compromising on transparency and quality work.   The meeting was apprised that in the rural areas of Islamabad, work on Rs10 billion package was being carried out which would bring a new era of development in those areas.   For improvement of the transport system in Islamabad, a total of 160 electric buses would run on different routes while 30 of them would arrive by the mid of June to ply on two routes.   Addressing the participants, the prime minister said the overseas Pakistanis were the precious assets of the country and their welfare was among the top priorities of the government.

The meeting was apprised that a number of housing units equipped with the latest facilities were being constructed in the Federal Capital for the overseas Pakistanis while residential schemes for expatriates were also initiated in which they would be provided with concession of 15 percent over full payment.   It was informed that a total of 45 commercial plots located at the best locations of Islamabad were ready for auction.   It was further informed that for the rural and urban areas of Islamabad, a short-term solid waste management project would commence in June this year, whereas an international tender had been floated for the solid waste management under a long-term plan.   The prime minister directed that a comprehensive solid waste management plan should be presented before the Federal Cabinet for approval.

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