Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) senior leader and former deputy prime minister Chaudhary Parvez Elahi has said that whatever the verdict of the Panama case, the current federal government was breathing its last and those in power were alive only in government advertisements.
“The leaders of the N league have made lives of the people miserable and they have been thrown out of the public’s hearts. They copied our Rescue 1122 service and other welfare projects, staging flop dramas of motorcycle ambulances and mobile hospitals. During their tenure there is no education in schools, no medicine in hospitals and, no law or order anywhere,” he said, addressing a grand workers convention at Abbaspur in Multan on Sunday.
The convention was attended by farmers, workers, lawyers, and people from all spheres of life in large numbers who kept raising enthusiastic slogans throughout the proceedings.
Ch Parvez Elahi said that the people of Multan had won his heart.
“There is no governance visible anywhere, and the two Sharif brothers are merely are earning commissions. They are not concerned about grievances and problems of the people; they are only staging dramas of sympathy. One brother giving away hospitals on contract and the other brother is doing a health-card drama. Where can a poor man go with his health card?” Elahi wondered out loud.
He said that Shehbaz Sharif had closed down 10,000 schools and another 10,000 were being leased out to NGOs on contract.
He said that the PML – Q government had established patrol posts for reducing crime but the project was later scraped by the PML – N government. The army is called even for holding a cricket match, Elahi remarked.
“If the army is going to do everything, then what is the government for?” he asked.
“During our tenure, water was ensured till the tail, 40 small dams were constructed, thousands of acres of land were provided with water, and we established institutions for beggars, deaf, and dumb children. The PML – Q government worked for the betterment of the common and poor. We will come to power once again and render even better services than before,” the party leader said.
A very warm and enthusiastic welcome was accorded to Ch Parvez Elahi and flower petals were showered on him. Slogans in support of Ch Shujat Hussain, Ch Parvez Elahi, and Moonis Elahi were continuously raised, including the slogan of ‘janoobi Punjab ka wahid sahara Parvez Elahi hamara’.
Addressing the convention, PML – Q Central Secretary General Tariq Bashir Cheema said that Ch Parvez Elahi had worked for the removal of deprivation of backward areas and was the first to announce making South Punjab a separate province.
Basharat Raja said that the provision of education and health facilities was the responsibility of the government and should have been prioritised ahead of the metro bus.
The convention was also addressed by Malik Mureed Abbas Bappi and Sardar Arif Gurmani. MPA Dr Muhammad Afzal, Malik Jamshed Bappi, Ch Ehsan, Ch Tariq Gujjar, Qazi Ehsanul Haq, Makhdoom Babar, Rana Ashraf, Ch Mohammad Altaf, Amir Saeed Raan, Azhar Khan, Shamim Akhtar, Yasmin Khakwani, Rehana Kausar, Sajida Parveen and other PML leaders were also present on the occasion.