Sunday, June 7, 2015

Pakistan - PPP to resist withdrawal of wheat subsidy from Gilgit-Baltistan

Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed grave concern over reports that government is withdrawing subsidy on wheat supplied to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) declaring that the PPP will resist any such move.
Withdrawal of wheat subsidy from GB is a thoughtless and callous decision that will not only compound the miseries of the poor people but also deepen their sense of hurt, the former President said in a statement today.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the former President called upon the government to immediately reverse the decision.
Zardari said that the Prime Minister during his recent visit to GB had announced developmental projects worth 47 billion rupees and even presided over a ceremony pretending to launch the construction of Gilgit-Skardu road.
However, there is no developmental project for the area and even token allocation has not been made in the PSDP for the Gilgit-Skardu road.
The federal budget and the PSDP announced the other day has exposed the lie that was the 47 billion package and the building the Gilgit-Skardu road as an election stunt on the eve of election to GB Assembly due tomorrow, he said.
“It is a cruel joke with the people to feign the construction of Gilgit-Skardu road which the government had no intention to build,” he said.
Never before a people have been so brazenly led up a false garden path on the eve of elections, the former President said.
“Such stunts will only strengthen the perception that worse than deprived the people of GB are actually being cheated”.

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