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500m granted to lawmakers for development of constituencies

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced Rs500 million for each member of the National Assembly and provincial assemblies meeting the long-standing demand of ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers for development funds for their constituencies. The grant is approved under sustainable development goals.

On Wednesday, in a meeting of the parliamentary party of the ruling alliance led by the PTI at the Parliament House the decision was made.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister and the issues like opposition’s movement, coming Senate elections, the Broadsheet saga, Rs1.1 trillion Karachi Transformation Plan, a recent incident of ransacking a Hindu temple in Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Tharparkar Development Package.

The issue of Jahangir Tareen returning to political picture and decision making position for the party also came under discussion.

One of the participants questioned the role of the technocrats in the cabinet. While participants demanded development funds for their constituencies.

Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Khan said the Pakistan Democratic Movement had almost collapsed after cracks had appeared in the opposition parties’ alliance. The prime minister was quoted as saying,

“The PDM has virtually vanished. It tried its best to bring people to streets but failed.”

He said the opposition wanted to create problems for the government through the foreign funding case being heard by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). “But the opposition itself plunged into the ditch it had dug for us.”

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