ISLAMABAD - The previous government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has put several development projects initiated by Nawaz Sharif on backburner, it was blamed by the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif while laying the foundation stone of Bhara Kahu bypass in Islamabad on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that the false narrative of Imran Khan declaring the incumbent government a ‘product of conspiracy’ had totally busted and urged the nation to distinguish between truth and fraud.

He said Imran Niazi wasted five months of the nation by concocting lies and propaganda about his successor government, however, his own audio leaks exposed his fraudulence.   

The prime minister said Imran Khan blamed the politicians as traitors, however, in reality, it was he who betrayed the nation. 

“Imran’s lies about an ‘imported government’ are in fact a conspiracy against the entire nation,” he said, stressing the need for people to understand the reality of a liar. 

PM Sharif, who recently represented the country at the forums of Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the United Nations General Assembly, claimed that the leaders of some friendly countries during the meetings on the sidelines conveyed to him their annoyance over the irresponsible foreign policy of Imran Khan. 

The prime minister said his government was steadfast in dealing with the immense challenges after the previous government pushed the country to the brink of economic collapse. 

He expressed his commitment to rebuild and develop the country that was bearing the brunt of Imran Khan’s tenure in the government. He said that the Imran’s concocted lies were in fact a ‘conspiracy against nation.’ 

The prime minister was given a briefing on the occasion regarding the modalities and execution of the project by the Chief Commissioner and Chairman CDA Captain (Retd) Muhammad Usman.

The prime minister was informed that the project is a 5.4 km bypass including a 1350 meters overhead bridge that will be completed in four months.

However, speaking on the occasion, the prime minister directed the National Logistics Cell to complete the project within three months instead of its earlier tentative time of four months. He directed that the quality of the project should be ensured as well. 

Earlier, it was announced by the Prime Minister to build the said bypass in an ambitious timeframe of four months on 14th August while inaugurating a flyover at Rawal Dam Chowk and directed CDA to immediately start working on the project. 

The city managers soon after getting the orders of the PM got into action and started paperwork of the project and decided to go for competitive process but only between government-owned companies under 42 (F) of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority. 

The Frontier Work Organisation (FWO) and National Logistics Cell (NLC) participated in the process and later declared as the lowest bidder. The FWO submitted a bid worth Rs7.3 billion while the NLC offered Rs6.5 billion. Therefore, the NLC being the lowest bidder will be issued work orders in a few days. 

The said five-kilometre-long road (including one km flyover) will start from Murree Road near Quaid-i-Azam University stop and culminate at Murree Road near the Jugi bus stop adjacent to Punjab Cash and Carry from where it will have a one-km-long flyover which will end outside the Bhara Kahu bazaar towards Murree. 

The project upon completion will provide a big relief to the people traveling towards Murree and Kashmir as the existing road faces massive congestion.