Must respect endeavours undertaken by COAS: Shehbaz Sharif

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  • Says Chaudhry Nisar conveyed reservations in recent meeting

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif remarked on Wednesday that the nation and the political players must respect and honour the endeavours undertaken by the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and that civil and military authorities must work together to counter the challenges facing Pakistan.

Speaking to the media after Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute in Lahore, CM Shehbaz shared that he had met the army chief and stated that the army chief is a professional and straightforward man.

Shehbaz Sharif further said that he had read about the ‘Bajwa Doctrine’ in the news and asserted, ” We must respect and honour the endeavours undertaken by the army chief”.

Commenting on his recent meeting with Chaudhry Nisar, Shehbaz Sharif stated that he keeps meeting the former interior minister and that Nisar has indeed conveyed reservations to him in the recent meetings.

In an apparent reference to Chaudhry Nisar’s recent press conferences in which he criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leadership, Shehbaz stressed that the blame game should stop and party discipline should be maintained.

CM Shehbaz also weighed in on the role of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the country and remarked that the bureau is quite active these days.

“NAB should solve established corruption cases and disclose them before the public,” CM Sharif said before emphasising on how NAB should bring the looted money back to the national exchequer.

He remarked that if a transparent accountability system helps the country move forward, then it will be a great success.

On the controversy surrounding Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project, he remarked that no evidence regarding corruption in the project has surfaced and claimed that the protests and strikes have led to a 22-month delay in the project. “Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) put up hurdles [in wake of progress] so that the citizens are not able to reap benefits of different facilities,” he remarked.

He further rubbished Imran Khan’s claims regarding in the project and stated that none of the allegations were proven.

Reiterating his earlier claims, the president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said that PTI has given birth to a culture of strikes and dharna. “Nations which are prosperous don’t stage protests frequently,” he remarked.

“PTI fought the case in Lahore High Court but no corruption was proved,” the CM maintained. He urged the public to condemn such acts that halt development and hinders progress.

When asked about the elections 2018, Shehbaz informed the media that there was a consensus between the judiciary, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the establishment pertaining to elections being held on time.

“If given the opportunity, we will bring Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) at par with Punjab,” he shared, adding that he wants to improve the healthcare facilities in Sindh and KP.

The chief minister said that there is no shortage of medicine in any hospital in Punjab. He remarked that the Punjab government is making efforts to ensure that all routine and special patients receive medicines.