Punjab taking other provinces along for uplift, says CM

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Assures KP lawmakers of all-out help for introducing safe city project

Staff Reporter

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday declared that Punjab is following the policy of taking other provinces along to ensure composite development in the country.

“Unprecedented development has been carried out during the past three years by the Punjab government to ensure balanced development across the province.”

Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was talking to members of a delegation of KPK parliamentarians led by provincial minister Shaukat Yousafzai at his office on Tuesday. The CM discussed matters of mutual interest with the visiting parliamentarians.

Usman Buzdar assured to provide necessary assistance for the safe city project in KPK and both agreed to exchange delegations to further strengthen mutual ties.

The delegation appreciated the steps taken by CM Usman Buzdar for the welfare of the people as well as the promotion of inter-provincial harmony.

“Our delegation has witnessed the spate of development process in Punjab and we are happy about it”, they expressed and invited the Punjab CM to visit the KPK province.

On the occasion, CM Usman Buzdar regretted that the past rulers remained engrossed in lip-service while the PTI government has initiated genuine development work in the province to improve quality of life of the people.

“The Punjab government has introduced district development package for unified development”, the CM informed and emphasized that he has introduced positive political traditions as he believes in tolerance and mutual respect.

“Punjab is being run as a team and those engaged in dividing the nation should look into their own peep,” he said.

He said that criticism and levelling allegations are not the traditions of the PTI as it follows the policy of trust, honesty and devotion.

The political opponents were targeted in the past”, he regretted and added that record legislation has been made by the Punjab assembly.

Deputy KPK Speaker Mehmood Jan, Special Assistant Riaz Khan, MPAs – Dr Sumaira Shams, Aasia Khattak, Madiha Nisar, Soomi Falak Naz and others were included in the delegation.

Meanwhile in his message on Navy Day, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that Pakistan Navy wrote a new history of intrepidity and greatly distinguished itself on September 8, 1965, by beating the enemy while defending the sea-frontiers.

Usman Buzdar expressed satisfaction that the Pakistan Navy thwarted the nefarious designs of the enemy and destroyed its naval power.

The Pakistan Navy proved its mettle in the war and its unforgettable role will always be written in golden words, he pointed out and added that Pakistan Navy is the pride of the nation and Navy Day is an occasion to commemorate its role in defending the country.

Meanwhile, in his message on International Literacy Day, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that knowledge promotes necessary awareness.

Nations have achieved the pinnacles of glory because of their educational and research environment.

The CM emphasized that the Punjab government has been working hard to impart quality education to every child, which is their fundamental right.

While highlighting performance of the Punjab government, the CM said Punjab School Education Policy, 2020 has been introduced for the first time and special attention is paid to educate the transgender community. The maiden transgender school has been established in Multan, he noted.

On the other hand, CM Usman Buzdar said the PTI-led government is committed to removing the deprivations of people of south Punjab and pointed out that historic decisions have been made to give autonomy to the south Punjab secretariat.

In a statement, the CM expressed his satisfaction that amendment in rules of business has been approved and powers of ACS, secretaries and departments have been properly defined.

The south Punjab secretariat will comprise of three divisions, 11 districts and the number of government departments will be 17; he explained and added that south Punjab ACS and secretaries have been administratively empowered.

The government has also allocated ring-fenced Rs.190 billion for south Punjab which is 33 per cent of the budget, he added.

Meanwhile, CM Usman Buzdar sought a report from RPO Sahiwal about an incident of acid throwing on a girl in Pakpattan and directed to provide the best treatment facilities to the affected girl. Meanwhile, the police have arrested the accused namely Fazal Abbas.

Meanwhile, CM Usman Buzdar expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the death of former Hockey Olympian Jahangir Butt.

In a condolence message, the CM extended sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace.

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