Punjab appeals for generous donation in CM’s Relief Fund

*Rs 500 million deposited in fund for displaced persons *CM, ministers, lawmakers donate one month's salary

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday said that the provincial government and the people of the largest province of Pakistan were with their brethren and sisters of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who have been displaced in the war against terrorism.

In his appeal to the people here, the chief minister said that the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for the displaced persons has been set up and a sum of Rs 500 million has been deposited in the fund on behalf of the Punjab government. The chief minister, provincial ministers and lawmakers of the Pakistan Muslim League-N have donated their one month's salary in the fund.

He said that the nation was fully supporting the Pakistan Army as well as the displaced persons with its prayers, life and property and all other belongings at this crucial hour. He said that philanthropists and well-to-do persons should come forward and donate generously towards CM's Relief Fund so that maximum assistance could be provided to the displaced persons.

He said that Punjab government will continue to extend full cooperation till the return of displaced persons to their homes and their complete rehabilitation while relief items will also be provided in accordance with their needs. Shahbaz said that Pakistan is passing through the most critical phase of its history and is facing internal and external security challenges.

He said that the nation was in a state of war and the army was fighting against terrorists in the war for the survival and stability of Pakistan. He said that it was essential that the whole nation should unite on one platform to purge Pakistan of the menace of terrorism. The need for unity is more than ever now and the scourge of terrorism will have to be rooted out for making Pakistan a cradle of peace and harmony, he said.

Under these circumstances, politics of protest was totally unjustified and tantamount to creating hurdles in the journey towards progress and development, the chief minister said. In view of security threats, sit-ins, public meetings, rallies and agitation was totally against the interest of the country, he said. He said that the elements engaged in protest politics should let the process of progress and development process go on uninterrupted in the interest of the nation.

He said that the government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was determined to steer the country out of crises and the day was not far off when Pakistan will become a haven of peace. He said that solid economic policies of the government were yielding positive results and due to the steps taken by the government, foreign exchange reserves has increased while Pakistani currency has stabilized.

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