Lahore:Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the gang of Ali Baba and Forty Thieves has brought the country of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal to its knees but the people are gearing up to teach a lesson to the corrupt rulers in the forthcoming general elections.
He said as result of extreme loadshedding the industries of Punjab including agriculture and other sectors have been brought to a catastrophic end and lakhs of people have been rendered jobless. He said the country is facing the worst loadshedding in its history and now people have to bear agonizing loadshedding even during the times of Aftari and Sehr, but the conscienceless rulers are unmoved. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that in order to shake the sleeping conscience of the rulers, he has established a tent office, to point out that Punjab is being discriminated against with regard to loadshedding and the incompetent rulers of the country have vexed the nation as result of their loot and plunder.
The Chief Minister was talking to the delegations of people and workers of Pakistan Muslim League-N from Green Town, Township and other adjoining areas at his Tent Office today. Member National Assembly Naseer Ahmed Bhutta, Member Provincial Assembly Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, Commissioner Lahore, District Coordination Officer Lahore, Director General LDA, Managing Director WASA and other senior officers were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that if even today the rulers mend their ways, the country can still be transformed in accordance with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. He pointed out that bribe worth billions of rupees was gobbled up in rental power projects, whereas highhandedness is being committed against Punjab by handing over the earnings of profit-giving companies of Punjab to those companies which are going in loss.
He said people have become mental patient because of painful loadshedding. He lamented that two projects at Chicho ki Malyian and Nandi Pur aimed at generating 900 megawatt of electricity could not be made operational because of incompetence and corruption of the federal government and the machinery imported for installation of these projects is lying in Karachi for over one and half years while the Chinese company has gone back home. He pointed out that these projects had cost rupees 70 billion, but they are still un-operational and now in order reactivate them an amount of rupees 20 billion more would be needed whereas two more years would be lost. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that torturous loadshedding is not only increasing unemployment but has also resulted in many law and orders issues.
He said the problems being faced by the masses could not be fully realized while sitting inside air-conditioned rooms. He reminded that Punjab had set an unprecedented example of national solidarity and sacrifice in the NFC Award by giving up its share of Rs. 11 billion. He said the country belongs to all of us and we have to build it together, however, the rulers of Islamabad have not implemented the decisions taken in regard to uniform loadshedding. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that he would sacrifice every drop of his blood for the masses, and would go to any extreme for the solution of the problems of the masses. The Chief Minister said that the government of PML-N has shunned the aid of Aghyaar since May 2011 in order to keep national prestige, but still the development projects in Punjab are continuing successfully. He said that the country has to get rid of the leadership of Ali Baba and Forty Thieves and bring about such leadership which has a deep sympathy for the country and the nation and is committed to solve the problems of the masses. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif vowed that he would continue to face the difficulties for the sake of the people and is not afraid of the scorching heat.
Later, the Chief Minister heard the problems of the delegation of the people and the workers of PML-N and issued on the spot instructions for their solution. He sought a report regarding up-gradation of primary school of Pir Kalan village to high school level and awarding of proprietary rights to the residents of Gawala Colony at Rukh Chand Rai. The Chief Minister directed DIG Operations to take immediate action against the Qabza Group and directed the police to play an effective role in eradication of the crime. The Chief Minister took prompt notice of complaints regarding sewerage system in the area, provision of potable water and exorbitant commercialization fees. When the Chief Minister reached the tent office, a large number of people gathered there and raised slogans of Shahbaz Sharif Zindabad. The residents of Green Town and Township paid glowing tributes to Punjab Chief Minister for undertaking unprecedented development activities in their area.