Shahbaz says govt enjoys five-year mandate

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that economic situation of the country has improved while foreign exchange reserves have increased during one year’s tenure of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government. He said that the government has been given mandate for five years and that no conspiracy against democratic system would succeed. He also said that elements creating hurdles in the process of national development would be rejected by the masses. 
According to a handout, the chief minister was talking to Federal Minister for Trade Khurram Dastgir, who called on him on Thursday. Overall situation of the country and matters of mutual interest were discussed in the meeting. 
The chief minister said that it was not the time for carrying out revolutions or long marches but to express solidarity with Armed Forces which were fighting against terrorists and to help the internally displaced persons of North Waziristan. He said that negotiations were always resorted to finding solution to problems in a democratic set-up and that doors of the government were open for dialogue. He said that there was no room for negative activities and confrontation in politics. 
He said that “ball-tampering” of those, who were raising hue and cry of so-called rigging, would not work any longer. 
Chief Minister Shahbaz said that the PML-N government had taken solid measures for the welfare and betterment of the people while several welfare programmes were being completed expeditiously. However, he said, the Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership wants to cover up the failure and poor performance of its government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province under the garb of protest against rigging.
On the one hand, he said, the PTI leadership raises slogans of elimination of corruption but it wants to launch a movement with the help of those, who set world records of corruption during the era of dictatorship, on the other. 
He said that Imran Khan, who had named these political elements as the biggest “thieves” and “dacoits” in the Pakistani politics, was now talking of starting a movement with their support. 
He said that the people were fully aware that who was serving them selflessly and who was indulging in negative politics. Those, who wanted achieving their negative designs through promoting anarchy and chaos, would never succeed in their efforts, he added.  
Meanwhile, Iranian Consul General Muhammad Husain Bani Asadi also called on Chief Minister Shahbaz on Thursday. Matters of mutual interest and bilateral cooperation came under discussion during the meeting. 
The chief minister said that Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with Iran and that there was need to increase the volume of trade between two countries. The Iranian consul general also invited the chief minister to visit Iran. 
Meanwhile, MPA Chaudhry Muhammad Yousaf, renowned industrialists Khawaja Muhammad Masood, Jalal Din Roomi and Sohaib Bhatti met with Chief Minister Shahbaz and presented him cheques for a total sum of Rs 16 million for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for IDPs. 
A prominent industrial group presented a Rs 10 million cheque while MPA Yousaf presented a cheque for Rs 3.5 million and Jalal Din Roomi and his father Khawaja Muhammad Masood presented a Rs 2.5 million cheque.
Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz said that spirit to help those, who have been displaced due to war against terrorism in North Waziristan, was commendable and that Allah Almighty would reward those, who were helping the affected families. He said that extending help and assistance to IDPs was a national and religious obligation. He said that it was not the time to make political capital but to extend maximum help to the distressed people and all segments of society should come forward for this purpose and donate generously to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for IDPs. 
Shahbaz said that the Punjab government was spending every penny of donations on the welfare of the IDPs in a transparent manner. He said that the Punjab government was extending all-out help and assistance to IDPs and that this process would continue till their complete rehabilitation.
Shahbaz said that the government had distributed financial assistance of millions of rupees among the affected families at the rate of Rs 7,000 per family. He said that the government and the people of Punjab Province stand by the IDPs in this moment of trial and that all-out resources would be provided for their help and rehabilitation.

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