Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that corruption, embezzlement and plunder of rulers of Islamabad have caused despondency, unease and hatred among the people of Pakistan during the last four and a half years. He said that, in this so-called democratic system, the poor masses are yearning for their two times meals, and lakhs of workers have become jobless due to worst loadshedding of electricity.
He said that the incompetent rulers have widened the gulf between the rich and the poor, while it has become almost impossible for the poor to keep the body and soul together. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that lava of hatred is simmering in the people over the criminal negligence of the corrupt Zardari gang to the people’s issues. He said that those practicing politics in the name of reconciliation have become the worst blot in the face of democracy. He said that politicians, judiciary, generals and elite have not discharged their national responsibility during the last 65 years. He said that “Zardari system” operating in the garb of democratic dispensation has further increased the distance between the rulers and the masses. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that unfortunately the people have been deprived of the fruits of democracy and the rulers have only filled their pockets during the last four and a half years.
The Chief Minister was addressing Assembly Members belonging to various districts, here today. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that, during the last four and a half years, the hopes, aspirations and desires of the people have died and the life of the masses has been poisoned by the antiquated system. He said that the wave of despondency, among the masses, calls for critical thinking by the politicians as well as the elite. He noted that, because of social and economic degradation, extremism is getting stronger, which is generated by poverty and unemployment. He emphasized that those societies which do not provide social and economic justice, get decimated and the people bring incompetent and unjust rulers before the court of accountability. He said that neither extremism can be eliminated from the society nor progress and prosperity can be achieved without provision of social and economic justice.
He said that due to bad governance and loot and plunder of incompetent rulers, the nation is facing problems and difficulties, which can only be resolved by getting rid of corrupt rulers and eliminating antiquated and rotten system. The Chief Minister said that Zardari gang has established new records of corruption due to which the national economy is facing ruination, whereas national institutions are being destroyed deliberately. He said that the problems, challenges and dangers being faced by the country are due to the wrong policies and corruption of the rulers.
He said that had the right decisions been taken for the welfare and progress of the people, our cities and villages would not have been enveloped in darkness. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said it is regrettable that injustice and cruelty is being committed against Punjab with regard to loadshedding, and people become especially angry due to agonizing loadshedding at the time of Sehri and Iftari. But, the Chief Minister regretted, the rulers residing in air-conditioned rooms of Islamabad, neither fear public protests, nor are they interested in solving problems of the masses due to which great distance has been created between the rulers and the people.
The Chief Minister emphasized that loot and plunder and nepotism have reached their climax and the gobbling up of government resources has brought the country to the brink of disaster. He underscored that the scourge of extremism has made the country hollow, whereas unemployment has resulted in massive increase in poverty in the country. He said that loans of billions of rupees are being acquired on daily basis to run the country.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif stressed that strict accountability to eliminate loot and plunder and corruption is the need of the hour, while the obsolete system, which has failed to provide relief to the masses, should now be done away with and collective efforts should be made to achieve the goal of progress and prosperity. He pointed out that as a nation, we will all have to change our way of living, and, by adopting simplicity and austerity, would have to rely on our own resources, along with ensuring provision of help and succor to the blighted nation. The Chief Minister also had an exchange of views with the assembly members regarding development projects and other related issues in their constituencies.