LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that those, who are giving politics and politicians a bad name, should now quit politics. He also said that Imran Khan, who was making hue and cry of rigging, has committed biggest rigging of the history of the country and now he was not in a position to face the 180 million people of Pakistan.
According to a handout, the chief minister was talking to PML-N assembly members from various districts on Tuesday. Shahbaz Sharif lamented that the so-called claimant of providing guidance to new generation, Imran Khan has displayed political approach of 1990s while living in 2014. He said that nation has the right to question the PTI chief as to why he, after expressing complete satisfaction during his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at his Bani Gala residence a few months ago, needed to attack the Prime Minister’s House, Parliament House and PTV building by joining a character like Tahirul Qadri.
The chief minister said that today all political parties of the country during a joint session of the parliament not only condemned this attack but also expressed their determination to fully protect democracy, law and the constitution which was a new and bright chapter of political history of the country. He said that the historian while writing the history of struggle of democracy in Pakistan would mention this day in golden words.
Chief Minister Shahbaz urged assembly members to advise PML-N workers to show tolerance and restraint and not respond to the provocations of the opponents.
Rs 30m donations for IDPs presented: Philanthropists, industrialists and traders met with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday and donated Rs 30 million to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan.
According to a handout, cheques worth Rs 11.8 million were presented on behalf of assembly members, overseas Pakistanis and traders of Gujrat District while industrialists and philanthropists of Lahore District donated Rs 10.05 million; traders and industrialists of Multan District Rs 4.5 million; MPA Syed Abdul Aleem Rs 1.2 million; MPA Bao Akhtar Ali Rs 800,000; MPA Chaudhry Shabbir Ahmed Rs 500,000; MPA Chaudhry Muhammad Ashraf Rs 1.5 million; overseas Pakistanis Rs 6.7 million; Petrol Pumps Association President Chaudhry Sajid Masood Rs 1 million; Atif Jami Grand City Rs 500,000; industrialist Iftikhar Haider Rs 500,000; and Gujrat Medical Stores Association donated Rs 500,000.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif commended the spirit of help and assistance of donors towards the distressed people of North Waziristan and said that on his appeal, well-to-do persons were donating generously for rehabilitation of the IDPs. He said that the government was spending every penny of donations on welfare of the IDPs honestly and transparently. Besides relief items and medicines worth millions of rupees for the IDPs, he said, the Punjab government has also dispatched fodder has also been sent for their livestock. He said that financial help was also being provided to the IDPs by the Punjab government and that the first installment of Rs 7,000 per family has been distributed. He said that financial assistance of Rs 350 million has so far been provided to the displaced families.
The chief minister announced that the process of distribution of second installment of cash assistance would start soon and Rs 7,000 per family would be given to the IDPs.
He directed the senior Board of Revenue member to immediately start the second installment of distribution of cash assistance among the IDPs and said that rehabilitation of IDPs was a collective responsibility of society and that it was the time to stand by the IDPs by shunning all differences.
He said that the IDPs of North Waziristan, who were rendering sacrifices for peace and stability of the country, were waiting for help and every member of society must come forward and play his or her role for providing relief to the IDPs. He said that the people and the government of Punjab would not leave the IDPs alone in this hour of need and that all-out resources would be provided for their quick and complete rehabilitation. He said that the Punjab government has already announced setting up of a modern hospital, educational institution for children and vocational training institute in FATA after restoration of peace.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that service to the masses was pivot of politics of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and that it has proved this by serving the people selflessly during the last six years.
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