LAHORE:Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said the government was fully committed to prosper and illuminate the country and no stone would be left unturned to achieve the goal of a prosperous and self-reliant Pakistan.
He expressed these views while talking to members of the assembly belonging to different districts of the province who called on him here.
He said the agenda of national development was being moved forward with speed by utilizing the indigenous resources. The Pakistan Muslim League-N government had taken revolutionary measures for improving the quality of life of the people and these steps had no resemblance in the 70 years national history, he added.
The chief minister said completion of mega projects had tremendously benefitted the general public and the initiatives introduced in health, education, agriculture and social sectors were bearing fruit.
During the meeting, the assembly members apprised the chief minister about development issues of their areas and progress on ongoing projects.
Shehbaz Sharif said a culture of institutional transparency had been promoted in the province, adding transparent use of every penny of masses had been ensured through the culture of quality, speed and transparency in development schemes.
He said, "Record has been set by completing energy and other projects in a record period of time and with the grace of Almighty Allah, Punjab is leading the development journey."
He said the credit went to PML-N that it had brought the country out of darkness of load-shedding. The government had made practical steps for development and prosperity of the people, he added.
He said continued hard work was required by following the principles of honesty and trust to fully develop the national economy and the country had to be made economically self-reliant to achieve an honorable place in the comity of nations.
The chief minister said Niazi Sahib must know that change did not come through falsehood but it was managed through continued hard work for public service. The claimants of change were totally devoid of the passion of public service and Niazi and party had done nothing except speaking lies, u-turns and negative politics, he added.
He said, "The bad condition of KPK is before all of us and the elements impeding the journey of development and wasting precious time of the nation through sit-ins will not escape public accountability." What Niazi Sahib had sown earlier, he would have to reap it in the elections of 2018 and everything would be crystal clear in this election as defeat of elements wasting the time of the nation and speaking falsehood was like writing on the wall, he added.
He said, "Despite obstructions created by the opponents, we have not let the journey of development to stop," adding that people had given a lesson to those who had obstructed the process of wellbeing of the masses in by-elections. He said that people would again hold accountability of these elements in the elections of 2018 as the sit-in group had been ashamed in the by-elections. Had Niazi Sahib and his cronies not obstructed the process of development, they would not have been ashamed in public court, he added.
Shehbaz Sharif said spate of baseless allegations and mendacity had exposed the real face of Niazi Sahib and the one who claimed about bringing change in the country should also review his negative behavior.
Those who called on the chief minister included Malik Ahmed Karim Qaswar Langrial and others. APP/AFP