Bahawalnagar: Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-N respects the recent verdict of Supreme Court from the core of its heart, however, a national commission consisting of God-fearing and honest persons be constituted for investigation and PML-N will fully assist it.
He was addressing a big public meeting at Haider Stadium, Bahawalnagar today. Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the proposed commission should review all matters relating to rigging and plundering committed during all previous elections. He said that President Zardari distributed Rs.50 crore through IB after removing PML-N government and forming his own government in 2009. He said that former dictator Musharraf also provided billions of rupees to the candidates of king’s party for winning elections in 2008 whereas during previous era a dacoity of Rs.80 billion was committed in Bank of Punjab.
The Chief Minister demanded that the scope of national commission should be vast and it should have powers to scrutinize all matters. Shahbaz Sharif said that we do not accept investigations through FIA as its head is that Minister who submitted a wrong affidavit regarding dual nationality. He said that PML-N has always upheld all decisions of Supreme Court with sincerity and the investigation regarding recent allegations should also be in a transparent manner. He said that federal government has insulted and violated the decisions of Supreme Court. He said that a country where plunder and loot is rampant and there is no rule of law cannot progress. Shahbaz Sharif challenged that no one can level even a single allegation of corruption against PML-N government in Punjab regarding its four and a half years’ era whereas Ali Baba Forty Thieves have set records of corruption at government level.
Shahbaz Sharif expressed the hope that the people of Pakistan will give a humiliating defeat to the corrupt elements in the general elections. He said that Younas Habib himself admitted during his interview that he wrote off loans of PPP members. He said that now the time of accountability has come and everything will become clear. He said that the looters of national exchequer will have to give account of every penny and the deterrent punishment should be awarded to the thieves and dacoits.
Shahbaz Sharif said that four times more funds have been provided to Southern Punjab for the development projects during the last four and a half years and those people who make propaganda of deprivation of Southern Punjab should peep into their conscience. He said that Punjab government has removed the 65 years’ deprivations of this region by establishing Daanish Schools and mobile hospitals in Southern Punjab. The Chief Minister also announced setting up of medical college at Bahawalnagar and issued directives for immediately starting work in this regard. He said that 10 thousand tractors are being distributed among farmers this year and a subsidy of Rs.2 billion has been given on it. He said that this revolutionary programme has been started from South Punjab like before whereas one thousand vehicles will be distributed under yellow cab scheme and the quota of Southern Punjab has been increased 10 percent under this scheme.
The Chief Minister said that development projects of Rs.71 billion have been completed in agriculture sector. He disclosed that a programme under the name of ‘Aab-o-Hayat’ costing Rs.36 billion is being started in Punjab under which drip irrigation system will be installed on one lakh twenty thousand acres areas. The Chief Minister gave approval to a number of mega projects for district Bahawalnagar under which Arifwala-Bahawalnagar dual road would be constructed at a cost of Rs.64.80 crore whereas a sum of Rs.60 crore would be spent under city package for Chishtian City and 57 crore rupees would be utilized for the construction of Dharanwala Road.
The Chief Minister announced if an opportunity was provided in the next elections, Bahawalnagar will be made a city like Bahawalpur. The Chief Minister especially referred to Daanish School and said that when an orphan girl Ayesha was admitted in the school, she said that Daanish School is her mother and father. The Chief Minister distributed keys of green tractors among the successful persons in balloting whereas laser levelers were also distributed. Shahbaz Sharif also awarded proprietary rights and distributed allotment letters of five marla plots under Jinnah Abadi Scheme. He also inaugurated Rice Research Institute which has been completed at a cost of about Rs.3.30 crore. The Chief Minister laid foundation stone of Arifwala-Bahawalnagar Road. He also inaugurated sanitary land fill site costing Rs.8.86 crore. Later, the Chief Minister laid foundation stone of a project under city package in Chishtian which will cost of Rs.62 crore. Provincial Minister Ahmed Ali Olakh, Member National Assembly Mian Khadim Hussain Wattoo and Mian Mumtaz Ahmed Matiana also addressed on the occasion.