I talked about ending corruption first: CM


Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday said people who had lived abroad luxuriously for six years could not talk about checking corruption when he had been demanding an end to the culture of corruption over the last five years.
Addressing a laptop distribution ceremony, the chief minister said that “imported” elements with a foreign agenda were talking about bringing a revolutionary end to corruption but were hiding corrupt people within their ranks.
Shahbaz further said that the services rendered by the Punjab government in the field of education, development and transport were unprecedented. He further claimed that no government in the future would be able to match the efforts of the Punjab government. Moreover, the chief minister said that laptops had been distributed among students based on merit and no quota had been reserved for children of ministers or government officials.
Shahbaz alleged that President Asif Ali Zardari had not only looted national resources but also deprived talented students of their basic rights.
Referring to Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), the chief minister said that they had wasted Rs 2.5 billion on building a luxurious Chief Minister Secretariat, instead of using that money to stay true to the slogan “Parha lika Punjab.”
He further said that millions had been wasted on upgrading President House and Prime Minister House. Shahbaz added that Punjab government had made mistakes during its tenure but it had also learned from them and was moving forward for a better future of the country.
Commenting on Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), he said that it would be made operational within the month of January and it would revolutionise the public transport system of the city. He further said that citizens would be allowed to travel in the new transport facility for free for the first two weeks and student concessions on fares was also being considered.