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CM urges raising morale of armed forces instead of holding protests

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that solution to problems being faced by Pakistan is mission of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and that no effort will be spared for achievement of this mission. 
He said that the prevailing situation does not allow any long march or politics of anarchy in the country; rather it was the time to raise the morale of officers and soldiers of Armed Forces who are fighting against terrorists in North Waziristan to ensure a safe and secure future for next generations.
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while addressing PML-N parliamentarians, office-bearers and workers in Islamabad on Monday. 
He said that economy had improved due to excellent policies of the present government and that investment worth billions of rupees was being made in the country while its foreign exchange reserves have also increased. In such a situation, he said, there was no justification for carrying out politics of protest and spreading anarchy. Shahbaz also said that Pakistan had embarked on the journey to development and prosperity and that no revolutionary procession or long march could hamper this process. He said that conspiracies of enemies of progress and development would never succeed and that the masses would bury their politics of damaging national unity and solidarity forever. 
The chief minister said that former rulers of Punjab Province set records of loot, corruption and nepotism in the name of development schemes and that no uplift project was completed during their tenure. 
He said that a corruption-free culture had been promoted in the province during the last six years and that mega development projects had been executed in a highly transparent manner. He said that no corruption scandal had surfaced in the tenure of the present government and that even its opponents could not accuse the present leadership of corruption of even a single penny. He said that living standard of the masses had improved due to development programmes planned and welfare schemes launched by the Punjab government. He said that investment of billions of dollars was coming into the country due to investor-friendly policies of the government. 
He said that promotion of investment in the country was essential for elimination of poverty and unemployment while political stability was of vital importance for attracting investment. 
He said that it was lamentable that some elements did not have any interest in national development or prosperity and wanted destabilising the country to discourage foreign investors. However, he said, the people of Pakistan were enlightened and would reject these elements and pay no heed to calls for protest. 
He said that it was not the time for practising negative politics or confrontation but to help internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan. He said that it was need of the hour that the whole nation unite and every member of society play his or her role for bringing the country out of problems. 
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz has strongly condemned bomb blast in Dera Ismail Khan. He expressed grief over loss of precious human lives in the blast and sympathised with the bereaved families. He also prayed for early recovery of the injured. 
Also, Chief Minister Shahbaz has taken notice of murder of a cameraman in Vehari and sought a report from the district police officer. The chief minister directed that the accused involved in the incident be arrested and action be taken against them under the law. On the instructions of the chief minister, the police have arrested 11 suspects. 

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