Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that forthcoming general elections are extremely significant for the bright future of the country. He hoped that 11th May would dawn with the victory of 18 crore people of Pakistan, whose hopes are now linked with Pakistan Muslim League-N. He said the right decision of the people on May 11th would put the country on the right path. He said that the whole nation knows PML-N has sincerely served the people with dedication and commitment and laid the foundation of a real change in the Punjab province, which has raised the standard of living of the people. He said that those who claim to bring about change should realize that change does not come through hollow slogans and jugglery, as one has to really work hard to bring about real change in the society. He asked where these claimants of change and revolution were, when the nation was drowned in floods.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that he has full faith the people would bring forth only sincere and honest leadership in general elections, which will put the country on the road to progress and prosperity.
The Chief Minister expressed these views while talking to senior . Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said Punjab government has successfully completed journey of progress and prosperity in the province, which is unprecedented in the 65 years’ history of the country, despite massive opposition by former federal government. He said Punjab government introduced revolutionary reform programmes in education, health, infrastructure, livestock, industry, agriculture and other sectors which have produced encouraging results. He said Daanish schools, have been established in far-flung and downtrodden areas of the province to provide quality education to the children of less-privileged and poor families.
He said Punjab government has ensured complete implementation of merit policy in the province and no teacher was recruited without merit. He said the youth have been encouraged through revolutionary programmes like Daanish schools, Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, Education Foundation’s voucher scheme, green tractors scheme, internship programme, laptop scheme, Ujala programme and the self-employment scheme which have given the due rights to the younger generation. He said that good governance, merit and transparency of Punjab government have been acknowledged by impartial, national and international institutions, as well. He said, few years ago, Pakistan used to follow reforms introduced in India, but, with the grace of Allah, now India is following reform programmes introduced in Punjab, due to their high quality and speed. He said East Punjab has requested for our assistance in solid waste management sector, while Indian province of Uttar Paradesh is distributing laptops on the pattern of Punjab government.
He said Punjab government has completed development programmes, worth Rs. 481 billion throughout province during the last five years, which include mega projects, worth Rs. 186 billion, and small developments programmes worth Rs. 285 billion. He said six times more funds as compared to previous era, have been utilized to ensure progress, prosperity and development of south Punjab. He said in the previous era only Rs. 52 billion were spent on development of south Punjab but Punjab government of PML-N has spent an amount of Rs. 292 billion for the development of south Punjab. He said, during the previous era, only Rs. 11.8 billion were spent on education, while Punjab government of PML-N has spent Rs. 111.2 billion for the betterment of education sector. He said during the previous era, only Rs. 11.3 billion were spent on health sector, while the Punjab government of PML-N has spent an amount of Rs. 71.6 billion on the health sector. He said, during the previous era, only Rs. 104 billion were spent for the development of basic infrastructure, while the Punjab government of PML-N has spent an amount of Rs. 318 billion for this purpose. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the excellent performance of Punjab government is before the people and they are the best judge. He said that progress and prosperity in Punjab is result of the best team work, due to which Punjab government now stands victorious in the court of Allah Almighty and the people.
He said, if Allah gave another opportunity to serve the people, the journey of progress and prosperity, initiated in Punjab, would be expanded to every nook and corner of the country, under the dynamic leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the five years of Punjab government are true reflection of quality, transparency and speed. He said Punjab government has served the masses with complete honesty and dedication throughout its five years rule, during which the cooperation of former assembly members, leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-N and workers remained highly laudable. He said we spent national resources only on the progress, prosperity and development of the people, as a matter of sacred national trust. He said, no step was taken for personal grandeur while we introduced excellent work culture in Punjab, and completed development projects before time, by working day and night.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said all projects of Punjab government are reflection of transparency, high quality and speed, including metro bus project, construction of bridges and underpasses. He said that we have established a benchmark of performance from which no government in future can now deviate. He said former federal rulers looted the country and did not work for the progress and prosperity of the people. He said if metro bus project could be completed in Punjab in 11 months and laptops and Ujala programme can be introduced, the country can also be brought out of darkness into an era of light, but there is a dire need for determination and forthrightness of the leadership. He said we have to end our profligate attitude and utilize national resources only for the progress and prosperity of the people, for which the aristocracy has to first give sacrifices, otherwise destruction is our destiny.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said the day of general elections would prove to be accountability day of all looters, thieves and dacoits, as people would totally reject them through the power of their vote on May 11th.