Prime Minister Imran Khan and former chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Mohmand Dam on Thursday, Radio Pakistan reported.
Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda was the first to address the ceremony. He thanked Prime Minister Imran for instilling confidence in and encouraging his team. He also thanked the retired chief justice, the army chief and the Water and Power Development Authority chairman for their hand in the efforts towards the building of the dam.
The minister said that schools, hospitals, jobs and dams were not created in the past as previous politicians were “busy playing politics”.
“We have not only started the preliminary works, but for the first time have received a Rs18 billion straight discount,” he said, addressing the premier.
“We have created 27,000-28,000 jobs in the Mohmand and Diamer-Bhasha dam projects that we will soon [hire] for,” Vawda said. He added that “for the first time, a minister (Vawda) will from his own pocket, his friends’ pockets and with the help of Pakistanis … announce 200-400 businesses and jobs in his own constituency in Karachi” before the 10th fast of Ramazan, in line with the prime minister’s vision for poverty alleviation.