LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan needs only such a long march which is aimed at bringing about progress and prosperity, rooting out terrorism, eliminating electricity outages and eradicating poverty and corruption and that his recent visit to China was a part of this long march. He said that every citizen would stand as a rock against such sit-ins and long marches, which hampered the process of development and prosperity.
According to a handout, Shahbaz Sharif expressed these views while addressing a press conference on Thursday.
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Law Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan and officials were present.
Shahbaz said that a long march aimed at bringing about development of the country and prosperity of its 180 million people was required at present.
He said that China also held a long march and that it had moved far ahead of other nations of the world. He said that enlightened and patriotic people of the country would totally reject such a long march or sit-in that impeded the ongoing process of prosperity. He said that if a long march was to be arranged at all, it should be aimed at helping the country in regaining its lost status and glory.
He said that those, who built graveyards of corruption during their tenure, were not fit enough to talk about revolution. “Who committed a robbery of Rs 70 billion in the Punjab Bank and who was in power at that time?” he questioned.
Shahbaz said that the present government wrote a new history by completing Metro Bus Project with a sum of Rs 30 billion in a short period of 11 months while it has been termed as ‘Jangla Bus’ by some elements while some others had exaggerated the cost of this project to Rs 70 billion. But, he said, such people have not been able to operate ‘Jangla Bus’ or to even erect a fence in the province when they were in power.
The chief minister said that a number of flyovers, bridges and other development projects have been completed in a transparent manner during his six-year tenure. He said that merit has been made an article of faith and that no one has been able to prove corruption of even a single penny against his government.
Contrary to this, he said, those who were immersed in corruption from their head to feet and have been enjoying a luxurious life and pleasant weather abroad, were talking of revolution and sit-ins.
To a question, the chief minister said that no one could think of a civil war. He said that he has given a reflection of the thinking, desire and determination of 180 million people of the country, who would foil any such conspiracy.
He further said that the present government had completed Nandipur Power Project within seven months and launched Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project that would inaugurated on December 25 while foundation stone of Metro Bus Project in Multan would be laid on August 14. “Will long marches and sit-ins be held against such projects of public service?” Shahbaz asked.
He said that billions of rupees have been saved while awarding international contracts. He said that China was bringing investment of billions of dollars to Pakistan and that too at a time when we were fighting a war against terrorism. He said that Multan-Sukkar section of the Karachi-Lahore Motorway would be constructed with the cooperation of China.
Similarly, he said, infrastructure projects in Gwadar were of vital importance and that an international airport would also be built there.
Shahbaz said that a meeting of energy working groups of China and Pakistan would be held on August 4 while a meeting of joint commission would be held in the month of August in which final decisions would be made regarding these development projects.
He said that energy crisis was on top of his agenda during his visit to China and that it was a matter of satisfaction that Chinese leadership and government have expressed full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and transparency of his government.
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