He was addressing a gathering of notables of the area at the residence of Punjab Governor Makhdoom Syed Ahmad Mahmood at Jamal Din Wali in Rahimyar Khan.
Presidential Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar while briefing about the President’s visit to Rahim Yar Khan said the President recalled that he had especially advised the former prime minister during his tenure‚ to make every possible effort for the socio-economic development of the area.
He said the government is aware of the sense of deprivation and that was why the government had moved decisively to make a separate province of South Punjab.
The President said it is a matter of great satisfaction to see a number of projects being completed.
He said the government had followed the vision of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto‚ who considered service of the people‚ especially the down-trodden and the marginalized‚ as their moral and religious obligation.
On this occasion the President also strongly condemned the blast in Karachi that resulted into the loss of precious innocent lives.
President Asif Ali Zardari has said southern Punjab was deprived of its share of development in the past but the PPP government allocated record funds for its rapid development.
He was addressing after inaugurating Rashidabad flyover in Multan today (Tuesday)
He said it is our endeavor to remove the backwardness of Southern Punjab and for this purpose funds are being enhanced. He said ninety five per cent developmental projects in Multan have been completed.
The five hundred meter long flyover has been completed in ten months at a cost of 1.47 billion rupees. It would be the eighth flyover in Multan city facilitating the traffic flow between Multan and Lahore.
The President also laid the foundation stone of Sayedwala Bridge in Multan. The three kilometer long bridge would be completed at a cost about one billion rupees in one and half years time.
Earlier former Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani addressing the ceremony said the democratic Government of Pakistan Peoples Party will fulfill the commitments made by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.
Source: Radio Pakistan