LAHORE – Punjab Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Ijaz Alam Augustine distributed rickshaws and ration among deserving minorities members in Youhanabad, here on Saturday. Archbishop of Lahore Sebastian Shaw, local leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and representatives of religious minorities were also present.
The minister said that the PTI government was using all available resources to solve financial problems of religious minorities. He said that Youhanabad was the constituency of Shahbaz Sharif, but not a single penny was used for its development during his tenure. He said that Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had launched development work with Rs 30 million to develop Youhanabad as a model village.
The minister said that the opposition was fearful of the day-by-day increasing popularity of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He gave away keys of rickshaws to the minorities members and also inspected development work at the Youhanabad. The participants thanked the minister over distribution of rickshaws and ration among the deserving people and hoped that all problems facing the community would be solved on priority basis.
Two Chinese companies,
RUDA sign MoUs for
investment in projects
Two Chinese companies and the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) Saturday signed the memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for multi-billion dollar investment in the project.
Briefing the media about the details, SM Imran, a spokesperson for RUDA, said that international investors and companies had expressed interest in the initiative, which had been declared as the national project by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He said that the companies signing the MoUs included China Road and Bridging Company (CRBC), a member company of 4C conglomerate from China, and Gezhouba Group Company Limited (CGGC), the largest hydropower developer company in Pakistan from China.
He said that separate delegations of both Chinese companies visited RUDA headquarters, where they were briefed on the importance and scale of the mega city endeavour by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rashid Aziz, along with his team.
He said that the CRBC signed an MoU for an investment of over $5 billion in the project. The company had already completed major infrastructure projects like Sukkur Bypass, Mansehra-Havelian-Thakot new expressway, Sukkur-Multan Motorway and many other projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Pakistan.
He said that Gezhouba Group Company Limited (CGGC) signed an MoU for firming up frame agreements for investment and executing development works in different zones of the city. The group is now in the final phase of planning time lines and to finalise investment package for the project in weeks as deadlines of the government are aggressive.
The CGGC are builders of Neelum-Jhelum power project and currently working on Pakistan major hydropower dams at Dasu and Mohmand.