Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that energy crisis in the country and agonizing loadshedding is a towering “achievement” of Ali Baba and Forty Thieves. He said that 18 hours long loadshedding in Punjab is reflective of Zardari’s vindictive attitude towards the people of Punjab. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that those who accuse him of provincialism must realize that he is first and foremost a Pakistani. He reminded that Punjab had sacrificed its share of Rs.11 billion for the approval of NFC Award, which is not provincialism but an unparalleled example of national solidarity, unity and brotherhood.
While addressing the people protesting over prolonged loadshedding at Kot Lakhpat here today, the Chief Minister said that sheer injustice is being done to Punjab in regard to loadshedding. He said that in Karachi which is our city of lights, industries operate six days a week while in Punjab they operate only three days a week. He said that when the cities of Punjab are subjected to loadshedding upto 18 hours and there is no loadshedding in Karachi even for a single day, than how can that be termed as uniform loadshedding. The Chief Minister warned the Zardari gang that their vindictive actions against the people of Punjab would prove to them highly costly. He said that he wants to remind those who criticize him for provincialism that Punjab has always played an exemplary role for national unity and solidarity, as is reflected by the bright example of giving up its share of Rs.11 billion for the approval of NFC Award. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the rulers of Islamabad have pushed the country into darkness through their dark deeds which have resulted in painful loadshedding. He said that the energy crisis is the direct result of loot and plunder and incompetence of corrupt mafia. The Chief Minister said that soon the darkness in the country would be removed and under the dynamic leadership of President Pakistan Muslim League-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif the country will see the light of the day. Member National Assembly Mian Naseer Ahmad Bhutta and Members of Provincial Assembly were also present on the occasion. The protesters raised the slogans of “Go Zardari Go”.