LAHORE : Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that development and prosperity in the backward areas of the country is among the top priorities of the incumbent government. The Prime Minister stated this while talking to elected representatives from South Punjab here in the provincial capital on Saturday.
The Prime Minister regretted that in the past, insufficient funds were allocated for South Punjab. He said that real development in the region cannot be achieved unless a separate finance commission is constituted. Imran Khan said work on the extended project of Greater Thal Canal is being started which will irrigate five districts of South Punjab. He said that all available resources will be utilized for the socioeconomic development in the country and efforts are being made to address issues being faced by the people. A delegation of the members of National Assembly and Punjab Assembly belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf also called on the Prime Minister and apprised him of issues in their constituencies. The Prime Minister on this occasion directed for the solution to the genuine problems and completion of all development schemes. Separately, Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again expressed confidence over the performance of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. During a meeting with Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Ahmad Khan Buzdar in Lahore on Saturday, the Prime Minister lauded the measures taken by Punjab government to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Premier expressed satisfaction over relief measures in the province and directed the chief minister to work with full confidence. The chief minister apprised the Prime Minister of the current situation of the supply of wheat and flour. He also briefed the Prime Minister about the pace of work on the projects in Balochistan being carried out with the cooperation of the Punjab government. Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Lahore for a daylong visit to hold key meetings. Upon arrival, he was received by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar at Lahore airport.