LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan has come into being forever and terrorism is not its destiny. He said that terrorists are enemies of the country and will be given a crushing blow by the armed forces.
He was addressing displaced persons of the North Waziristan at Baka Khel, Bannu, on the second day of Eid. The chief minister in his address paid glowing tributes to the sacrifices of the army officers in the war against terrorism. He said that the war against terrorism is not less important where Pakistan is now fighting for its survival, than the one fought in 1965 for a specific objective. He said that the people of Pakistan are standing should to shoulder with the armed forces. Shahbaz Sharif said that the people of North Waziristan are benefactors of the nation as they left their homes for the survival of the country. He said that the entire Pakistani nation has been praying for the displaced brethren as well as for the success of the army during the month of Ramazan and he is confident that peace will be restored in the country that the displaced brethren and sisters will be able to return to their homes. He assured that all out help and assistance will be provided to the IDPs till their complete rehabilitation. The chief minister announced construction of 2000 houses in North Waziristan on behalf of the government and people of Punjab. He also announced construction of a modern hospital in North Waziristan at a cost of one billion rupees. He said that the Punjab government will also establish a modern university and “Daanish” school for boys and girls in the area.
He said that besides supplying fodder for the livestock of displaced persons, a mobile hospital is also being sent by Punjab government. He said that a sum of Rs 280 million was so far distributed among the forty thousand displaced families at the rate of seven thousand rupees per family on behalf of Punjab government and the process of distribution of financial assistance at this rate among fifty four thousand displaced families will be completed within next few days. He further announced that financial assistance would again be provided to these fifty four thousand families in August next at this rate.
The chief minister further said that the tribal people have played a historic role in not only for the creation of Pakistan but also for its stability and the founder of Pakistan had also paid tributes in the past to their services in this regard. He said that it is lamentable that Pakistan today is not envisioned as one by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said that there is a need to promote brotherhood, amity and justice for transforming Pakistan in accordance to Quaid’s vision. He said that the Independence Day is near and every member of the society including politicians, generals, judges, government officers and officials should question themselves why Quaid’s dream was not been realized during the last 67 years.
He said that the goal of prosperity cannot be achieved without peace as terrorism and the journey to progress and development cannot continue simultaneously. He said that the energy crisis is spread over many decades and peace is essential for strengthening the country, stabilizing economy and overcoming load shedding. He said that the nation should fully avail the existing opportunity and root out terrorism as Pakistan has reached the point of now or never. He said that it is now the time for accountability of such elements wanting to impose their agenda at gunpoint onto the nation. He said that the army is now targeting terrorists who were killing innocent Pakistanis for their selfish ends.
Shahbaz Sharif while referring to the efforts of Punjab government and the people of the province for the relief and assistance of displaced persons of North Waziristan said that it was a national and religious obligation, which they have tried to discharge efficiently. He also distributed Eid gifts among the IDPs. Later, he had food with the displaced persons and gave Eidi to their children. He said that he wanted to celebrate Eid with them but could not due to bad weather.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif met Governor Punjab Ch. Muhammad Sarwar on Eid day at Governor’s House where matters of mutual interest, relief activities for IDPs and other issues were discussed in the meeting. The chief minister and governor Punjab also exchanged Eid greetings.
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