PML-N govt brought positive changes to ‘neglected’ South Punjab: Shehbaz


DERA GHAZI KHAN: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif Saturday claimed that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has brought positive changes in neglected South Punjab, and constructed schools and hospitals and brought all necessary services to all the areas of Punjab.

Addressing a gathering of party supporters in Dera Ghazi Khan, the chief minister said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and its chief Imran Khan have continuously lied during their years in power.  “You did not build either schools or hospitals and wasted the people’s time,” he alleged.

Taking a jibe at his opponents, Shehbaz said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Imran have come together and have compromised, adding that both have told each other to do what they like in their respective provinces.

The Punjab CM also said that the PTI chief had spent his years in power flinging baseless allegations against PML-N, adding that the opposition leaders have not done work worth a penny in their provinces.

“They [opposition] will answer for their lies in three months,” said Shehbaz while referring to upcoming general elections.

He also claimed that PTI’s tree planting initiative in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Billion Tree Tsunami project, had failed and was riddled with corruption. “I do not have time to answer liars, I want to donate all my time to serving the people of Pakistan.”

Announcing the merit for the children from poor families of DG Khan and Rajanpur, the chief minister said a committee for this purpose has already been constituted. Addressing the large public gathering, he said the huge gathering of the people here proved that the opponents of the PML-N will be washed away in the forthcoming general elections, and the party will make government all over the country, including Punjab.

He said the PML-N government has put the country on the path to development after steering it from crises. He said power crisis had damaged the economy and the PML-N government generated thousands of MW of electricity and worked day and night for this purpose.

He said [Imran Khan] Niazi and [Asif Ali] Zardari alliance has done nothing for the development and welfare of the people in their provinces – one of them has turned Karachi into a heap of garbage and the other has uprooted Peshawar for Metro. He said PML-N government has set up metros in four cities, and, “if we are given a chance to serve the people again, then every city will be developed like Lahore and the country will be made greater.”

The preparations for the rally had been completed and about 20,000 chairs had been set up at the rally site earlier in the day.

PML-N had elected Shehbaz Sharif as permanent president of the party at the Central General Council meeting in Islamabad’s Convention Centre on March 13.

Shehbaz was elected unopposed as no other candidate had submitted papers for the party’s top office.

Earlier, Shehbaz inaugurated public welfare and development projects worth billions of rupees and also laid the foundation stones of various development and welfare projects. The chief minister inaugurated the restoration and expansion of the road from Choti Zareen to Choti Bala. The chief minister also inaugurated the Kot Chatha bypass project on Indus Highway constructed at the cost of Rs45 cror, the construction and restoration of road from Basti Milana to Haidri Chowk, and the restoration and construction of road from Mehboob Mor to Aalim Khan on Indus Highway. Moreover, the CM also inaugurated the modern trauma centre of 20 beds at Taunsa THQ. He laid the foundation stone of the Child Protection Institute in Dera Ghazi Khan.