Hafizabad:Continuing his protest against discriminatory loadshedding in Punjab, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif performed his responsibilities at Hafizabad in a protest camp and worked in extremely hot and sultry weather, for over four hours.
Talking to journalists and workers of Pakistan Muslim League-N, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that he will continue to pursue the corrupt rulers, till the end of discriminatory and unequal loadshedding. He said his programme of setting up Tent Offices, against loadshedding, has disturbed the sleep of the rulers, as they thought that because of his health, he would not be able to sit in protest camps in a hot weather for long. However, Chief Minister asserted that he is not afraid to die, as life and death is in the hand of Allah Almighty, but his protest, against unequal loadshedding, would continue.
While addressing Members Assembly and Senators of Pakistan Muslim League-N, its office-bearers and workers, belonging to Gujranwala Division, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said the federal government is meting out a step-motherly treatment to Punjab, and is punishing ten crore people of the province for their love for Pakistan Muslim League-N. He said the national economy is being decimated, from Peshawar to Karachi, but the gang of Ali Baba and Forty Thieves is looting and plundering national exchequer, with apathy and indifference. He said 18 to 20 hours long loadshedding in Punjab is an act of extreme cruelty and injustice against the people of Punjab. He vowed that he would continue to set up tent offices, against the anti-people attitude of the federal government, till uniform loadshedding policy is enforced, at par with other provinces. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that, as a result of worst loadshedding in the history of Punjab, people’s livelihood has been destroyed, while national exchequer is being looted by Ali Baba and Forty Thieves. He said, being a unit of the federation, it is the basic right of citizens of Punjab to be treated equally and, as long as injustice, in regard to loadshedding, is not ended, he would continue to operate his Tent Office at Minar-e-Pakistan. He called upon all Members of Assembly of Pakistan Muslim League-N to express their solidarity with the people, by working in protest camps for two hours daily, to make the federal government realize the sufferings and hardships of the people of Punjab and put an end to its process of political victimization and implement policy of uniform loadshedding. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that loadshedding, like terrorism, is throwing the country into financial instability, due to which unemployment, anxiety and numerous psychological problems and other issues, are being faced by the citizens. He said, despite loud announcements and assurances of the former Prime Minister, Punjab is still reeling under loadshedding, whereas despite the fact that there are higher line losses in Karachi and Hyderabad than Punjab, the loadshedding in these cities is negligible. He pointed out electricity recovery rate is 90% in Punjab, but 56% in Hyderabad and 65% in Karachi, but still, a discriminatory attitude is being shown to the people of Punjab. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that he is working in Tent Office, Minar-e-Pakistan, as it reminds him of the sacrifices rendered by the martyrs of Pakistan movement, however, it is a matter of great regret that the people are not getting justice and constitutional rights and instead of living in the Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal, they are living under great deal of difficulties because of loadshedding. He asserted that he would continue to sit in his Tent Office at Minar-e-Pakistan, as long as the scourge of loadshedding is not removed. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that, during the process of approval of NFC Award, Punjab had sacrificed Rs.11 billion, so that all provinces could utilize national resources at an equal rate. However, Chief Minister lamented, in one province there is not even loadshedding for a single moment, but the factories of Punjab are being rendered inoperative, shopkeepers have lost their livelihood and labourers have become unemployed. Addressing the office-bearers and workers of Pakistan Muslim League-N, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that few striking doctors have declared a war against patients but he firmly stands with the patients. He pointed out that majority of doctors want to perform their duties, however, few people are misleading them. He said he would welcome all returning young doctors back to their work. He lamented that Punjab government is spending billions of rupees on emoluments of doctors, but sadly, they are going on strike rather than serving the ailing humanity.