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People’s Party highlights ‘success’ story

Published Mar 31, 2013 07:30am


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LAHORE: The Pakistan People’s Party released on Saturday a 29-point report on party’s five-year performance, highlighting its major achievements during the period.

It makes special mention of the Constitutional reforms -- the 18th, 19th and 20th amendments -- which provided for provincial autonomy, transfer of presidential powers to parliament, smooth installation of caretaker governments and striking down of president’s power to dissolve the assemblies.

Munir Ahmad Khan, PPP’s policy and planning cell in-charge, presented the report at a press conference here.

He said there had been increase in wheat production, salaries of government servants five times in five years up to 158 per cent, disbursement of Rs70 billion among 7.5 million deserving families through the Benazir Income Support Programme and financial help to 135,000 deserving people by Pakistan Baitul Maal through sweet homes.

The Pak-Iran agreement on gas pipeline, agreement with China on Gwadar Port, increase in foreign exchange reserves from $6 billion in 2008 to $16 billion in 2013, increase in export from $18 billion in 2008 to $29 billion in 2012, boost in stock market from 5,220 points in 2008 to 18,185 points in 2013 and reduction in interest rate from 17 per cent in 2008 to 9 per cent in 2013.

Talking about the measures adopted to increase production of electricity, Munir Ahmed Khan said the PPP-led government added 3,600MW electricity to the system besides initiating additional development work on Mangla and Terbela dams for increase of 4,500MW.

He said it also reinstated thousands of government servants who were dismissed during the last 13 years and regularised thousands contract employees.

The PPP government also distributed shares among 500,000 industrial workers, cheap tractors to farmers through Benazir Tractor Scheme, increased rural economy from Rs50 billion in 2008 to Rs800 billion in 2013.

Among the development projects, he mentioned the Faisalabad-Multan Motorway and construction of thousand miles roads.


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farid Mar 31, 2013 04:35am
This is PPP's last gasp.
Mohammad Farooq Mar 31, 2013 05:12am
PPP should have mentioned about their performance in steel mill, PIA, Railway, energy sector, industry, education, health and above all how they plundered this country,
chodhary Mar 31, 2013 05:34am
wow.. my vote is for PPP...................... noooooooot... just kidding!
Mehran Mar 31, 2013 05:52am
Report is nothing but bunch of lies. They did nothing but loot the country of what ever was left of it but I don't feel pity for people at all because I guarantee they will elect them back to office. If it is not PPP, it will be PML-N and thn the nation will complain for another term and rest is history. Wake up before they eat the country alive and leave nothing for the future of your children.
mudassar Mar 31, 2013 06:02am
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Khizr Mar 31, 2013 06:03am
This is awesome news. From this report it seems like Pakistan's economy has improved many folds in the last 5 years. I am sure there are no poor people left in the country and soon Pakistan will be a economic superpower under Zardari. Let's give PPP another 5 years to rule and we will be all set.
observer Mar 31, 2013 06:14am
With the most influential media group dead against PPP and courts in constant look out for opportunities to malign PPP government, it is good to survive 5 years. Biggest achievement of past government is to prevent political scene from becoming too polarized. There were couple of attacks on opponents (like AAZ calling MNS 'moulvi Nawaz Shairf', etc.) but in general political atmosphere remained serene. But inaction was seen on circular debt, Baluchistan sense of deprivation, ammunition in general public hands, etc. Overall, less than par performance of government, especially for urban Pakistanis, with only patches of good points.
Asphyx Mar 31, 2013 06:26am
Had to read this funny news article
Morad786 Mar 31, 2013 06:39am
With all the media spin, I guess these achivements were set aside for other reasons! I guess these could have been seen as significant achievements in normal circumstances but because of the law & order situation, power cuts with the global economic meltdown....these things have been over shadowed... The problem PPP has is that it does not have a face or a personality (like BB) who could have instilled these achievements into people and medias minds!
Amjad Wyne Mar 31, 2013 06:53am
According to the State Bank of Pakistan Data, the total liquid Foreign Exchange Reserves stood at "$15.647B in 2005-2006, at $15.228B in 2011-2012 and at $12.936 on February the 13th of 2013" - Here is the link
OS Mar 31, 2013 07:48am
nothing worthy achieved.. all achievement are gray enough to believe anything must have happened in all these 5 years
Reader Mar 31, 2013 08:49am
It seems that PPP intentionally ommitted to mention it's pitfalls during 5 years of its govt. For e.g. what about security in various parts of pakistan, target killings and wastage of public funds, long delays in paying pension in respect of public employees, and the list goes on. PPP should stop kidding the people of Pakistan who are much more intelligent than what PPP thinks. lol
Michael Malcolm Mar 31, 2013 09:10am
What did the poor day to day workers get. Yes, they got NOTHING BUT ADDED MISERY. the masses, the media, the common man on the streets, the SME owners, just name it, all say one and the same thing. High volume of corruption and massive rise of utilities and food by the rulers for 5 years.. They all cannot be wrong.
M. Asghar Mar 31, 2013 11:19am
The PPP played every feudal trick and succeeded in engulfing the country in a total moral and physical darkness.
Salman Saifi Mar 31, 2013 12:11pm
Now we await MQM to list their achievements. Must be funnier.
Sultan Alvi, Toronto Mar 31, 2013 01:41pm
Based on this report, let us nominate Zardari (aik Zardari sub per bhari) President for life.
Zohad Mar 31, 2013 02:18pm
Despite of such economic boosts, the country is on the verge of bankruptcy! Thanks to the PPPP government.
Ishrat Farooqui Mar 31, 2013 02:46pm
1. PPP-led government added 3,600MW electricity. 2. Mangla and Terbela dams for increase of 4,500MW PPP govt. think that people of "Pakistan" are fools. The above information indicates that there is no power and gas problem in the country. What a crap it is ?
kirther Mar 31, 2013 04:03pm
PPP government achieved new heights and established new bench mark in corruption.
Me Mar 31, 2013 04:50pm
@ Morad: PPP doesn't need a face. Historically PPP has achieved nothing, in fact Pakistan and its peopled have never progressed during a democratic system. All we have been given is dead corpses and a economy that is in its worst shape. I have no idea why people think that BB was their savior, all these politicians be it PPP or PML-N, they all are in the same boat taking turns to loot this country of everything she has got. As I mentioned earlier in my comments, people will bring these people back for another 5 yrs and than complain for rest of their term and your comment seriously reminded me of you being of them. PPP didn't achieve anything in 5yrs. Good luck surviving another 5years mate!
mlang Mar 31, 2013 06:55pm
what lol ? Here you are suppose to give logical comments. Instead its people like you with no knowledge who don't know the difference between achievements and petty things. Just read again these achievements and then check your petty comment
Omar Apr 01, 2013 01:13am
Thanks for keeping them honest. PPP fails to mention runaway inflation and dollar sliding from 62 at the start of their term to over 100 nowadays.
Hassan Apr 01, 2013 01:36am
I mean it is a joke of extreme nature, another funny moment one can see when PPP representatives in various talk shows predicting their return in threatening tone.
undying_lament Apr 01, 2013 07:38am
Pakistan is no longer a country for common man