CM Elahi says Punjab to ‘protect’ Imran during PTI march


Sees no connection between establishment and attack on Imran

Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on Sunday while speaking to media in Lahore said that the provincial government will “protect” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan ahead of his long march towards the capital.

The minister while responding to a question by a journalist about what the PTI’s long march is to achieve said that “you will see full well what the march has achieved in the coming few days”. “Look at the faces of the PML-N [Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz] leaders,” he continued, “they look like a destroyed field so that should be sign enough of what their situation actually is.” Responding to another journalist’s question about Imran Khan’s anti-establishment stance, Elahi said “you have not heard what he is saying at all, just yesterday he said that the establishment had no role to play in the attack on me [Imran] nor in toppling my [Imran’s] government.”

Criticising the PML-N government and in particular Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s recent decisions, CM Elahi said that “it was all drama before and it’s all for show right now”.

“After the last 10-15 years whatever we are trying to correct [in Punjab today] is the result of Shahbaz Sharif’s decisions as chief minister,” he continued, “believe me, he knows nothing about how things are done.” “He has been exposed badly,” he added, “he [Shehbaz] used to say he will do this and that but he hasn’t accomplished a single thing”.

Elahi was speaking to the media outside of the newly completed mother and child block at Gangaram Hospital. On the occasion, he praised PTI leader Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid for her hard work and dedication. Reflecting on the developmental projects in Lahore the CM said that “there was a fruit market on one location that I had retrieved and now we are going to build a 400-bed emergency hospital”.

“We are also going to extend the Lahore wing of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology [PIC] to double its size and build an emergency block there as well,” the CM revealed, adding that he is also “going to build a separate system for daily patients”.


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