Energy crisis is about to end; APNS delegation meets Shahbaz
Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif talked in detail about terrorism, ending of energy crisis and holding of PSL final in Lahore with the APNS delegation which called on him here on Saturday and criticized the corruption of former rulers.
Chief Minister replied to different questions of journalists. To a question about the opposition of a cricketer turned politician for holding the final match in Lahore, Shahbaz said that perhaps it was jealousy of this cricketer due to which he opposed holding of final match in Lahore.
To a question about MNA Javed Latif, CM said that party viewpoint is clear about it. The MNA adopted wrong attitude. He begged pardon which is a good thing.
APNS members commended development in Punjab and government’s transparency policies. APNS president Sarmad Ali said that we have not brought any issue because you have settled all the problems and they have been solved in the best manner. Punjab DGPR department is working in best manner under the leadership of DGPR Raja Jahangir Anwar and it is a role model for the whole of country. You and your team have successfully held PSL final match in Lahore and I congratulate you on behalf of APNS.
General secretary APNS Umer Mujeeb Shami said that Punjab is lucky to have a ruler with an impeccable character. The Punjab government has set high standards of transparency and this has been commended by international organizations. Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami said that corruption is zero at upper level in Punjab while best efforts are made for elimination of corruption at lower level. The transparency policy of government has been commended everywhere.
Zia Shahid said that credit of exemplary development in Punjab goes to Shehbaz Sharif.
The APNS member from Karachi Amir Mehmood said that you speak from the heart and have a commitment to do something. When we come from Karachi to Lahore it appears as if we have come to another country. You have changed Punjab. Your government is playing positive role in establishment of corruption free society.
Shahbaz said that the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) was a mega event which was made successful through joint efforts of the whole nation. The Punjab government had full support of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa for the holding of final match. The nation is happy while enemy is surprised as well as disappointed over the successful holding of final match.
The recent wave of terrorism was spread in the whole of country and in this background holding of final match in Lahore was a difficult decision. The nation has proved through the successful holding of final match that it is the bravest nation. The terrorists cannot weaken the commitment of the nation through their nefarious designs. Media also played key role in successful holding of final match and countered the critics with logic. Punjab government provided best facilities to cricket lovers inside and outside of the stadium on the occasion of final match and I congratulate the whole nation over the success of this event. We will have to work with same zeal, commitment and courage to move Pakistan forward.
The whole nation supports the operation ‘Raddul Fasaad’ launched to eliminate terrorism. Pak army, police, security agencies as well as the people have rendered sacrifices in war against terrorism. After operation Zarb-e-Azb, the operation Rad’dul Fasad will hit the terrorists hard. It is regrettable that terrorists coming from neighboring country Afghanistan carry out terrorist activities here. The suicide bomber who exploded himself in Lahore belonged to Afghanistan. We want good relations with Afghanistan and I appeal to the Afghan government to take serious steps for action against the terrorists.
Shahbaz Sharif said that operation Raddul Fasaad is carried out without any discrimination of color or ethnicity. He said that terrorists have no religion and geographical identity. He said the person playing with the lives of innocent people is only a terrorist. I am first Pakistan and then Khadim-e-Punjab. This is our approach and vision and nobody should have any confusion about it. The people of all the federating units are interconnected and we will have to work collectively to eradicate terrorism. Our joys and sorrows are common. Shahbaz said, Pakistan consists of Balochistan, Sindh, KP, Punjab, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir and we are all Pakistanis. Any division in it would be against the national interests. He said that people from across the country including Sindhis, Punjabis, Pashtun and Balochis reside in Karachi. Similarly, people from different federating units dwell in Punjab.
He said, we own Pakistan and we will have to develop it. He said that during a meeting under the chair of former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the regime of people’s party, the then interior minister Rehman Malik talked about Punjabi taliban. To which, I said that no one would deny if there are sleepers cells of terrorists present in Punjab. Similarly, there are sleeper cells in other provinces. Would the terrorists in Sindh be called Sindhi taliban and the terrorists in Balochistan be labeled as Balochi taliban. The people playing with the innocent lives have no relation with any cast, color or creed, they are only terrorists. Chief Minister said that due to day and night work on energy projects, the energy crisis is about to an end. Ending energy crisis was a big challenge, which required hard work. Now, serious efforts taken under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have started bearing fruit. Load shedding would come to an end once and for all from the country in 2018. China has proved her friendship by investing 54 billion dollars in Pakistan. New records are going to be set by transparent and fast track completion of energy projects. Energy projects are directly related with prosperity and development of every Pakistani. He said that CPEC is game changer which would benefit the whole of region. Friends are happy while the enemy is afraid over the CPEC project. The fast track completion of CPEC has made the opponents bewildered. Utmost efforts were made to lessen the importance of CPEC.