LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday announced regularisation of the services of all provincial government’s contract employees from grade 1 to 16.
Presiding over the concluding session of 5th annual three-day Nazaria-i-Pakistan Conference at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan here on Friday, the chief minister said poverty is not the destiny of this nation and if another opportunity is given to PML-N to serve the country, it would again put the nation on the path of prosperity.
Shahbaz said he was very happy to attend this conference not as a guest but as a host. He said that Majid Nizami and his team were rendering invaluable services to promote awareness about Pakistan Ideology and Two-nation Theory among the new generation. The Punjab government had always extended cooperation for this purpose and it would continue to do so in future, he added.
Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Majid Nizami thanked Punjab CM for his participation. He stressed the need for unification of all factions of Muslim League to defeat the opponents in the upcoming elections. He asked the CM for including Pakistan Ideology in curriculum saying that it was necessary for creating awareness among youth about the sacrifices their forefathers rendered for the creation of Pakistan.
The NPT chairman said that the country could be strengthened by whole heartedly believing in and safeguarding the Two-nation Theory. He said that Nazria-e-Pakistan Trust apprised thousands of youth about Pakistan Movement and Two-nation Theory.
Majid Nizami asked Shahbaz Sharif for arrangement of Rs100 million funds for the under-construction Aiwan-e-Quaid-e-Azam project. He condemned the execution of anti-Mujeeb people in Bangladesh. Later, Nizami presented a shield and NPT performance report to the CM while Nazaria-i-Pakistan Forum Karachi office-bearer Ishfaq Rasool presented Sindhi Ajrak to the chief minister.
Among those who participated and attended in the event were NPT Vice-chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmed, Begum Khalida Muneer-ud-Din, Syed Faseeh Iqbal, Mian Farooq Altaf, Majida Wyne, Begum Surraya KH Khurished, Dr Parveen Khan, Col (r) Ikram Ullah, Mian Ibrahim, Ch Zafar Ullah, Lahore DCO Noorul Ameen, Shahid Rasheed, Rafaqat Riaz, MNAs, MPAs, scholars, students and people from different walks of life.
Earlier in his address, CM Shahbaz Sharif urged the people to vote the PML-N into power to get rid of problems confronting the country. “If people will vote for my party, we will use all resources for their betterment and welfare,” he promised. The darkness will be removed and Pakistan will be made an Islamic welfare state in the real sense, he vowed.
“The only ‘achievement’ of Zardari and his cronies during the last five years is ruthless corruption and massive price-hike,” said the chief minister. He added the ‘gifts’ of corruption, price-hike, loadshedding, poverty and unemployment given by the federal government would always be remembered by the masses. He said the rulers of Islamabad were shamelessly engaged in loot and plunder whereas Punjab government had promoted a corruption-free culture in the province.
Shahbaz said the Punjab government had written a new history by signing an agreement with Transparency International Pakistan to judge the transparency of projects worth more than Rs36 billion. The agreement was not a legal obligation of the provincial government but it decided to do so as it considered it its moral responsibility, he held. “I presented myself for accountability as Khadim-e-Punjab and I am ready to face any punishment if corruption of even a single penny is proved against me.”
The CM said the ‘puppet organisation’ of federal government, NAB had not been able to bring forward any evidence of corruption against him. The country was heading towards general elections and people should get rid of ‘Zar Baba and Forty Thieves’, he said. Shahbaz said Pakistan was created after a historic struggle of the Muslims of the subcontinent under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-i-Azam so that people could have equal and easy access to justice, employment and progress but unfortunately during the last 65 years the poor and common man has remained deprived of even the basic amenities.
He said Pakistan of the Quaid was divided into that of the rich and the poor. He said that rich classes have all facilities and privileges whereas the poor are denied even education, health and other basic facilities. He said that if the destiny of the country was to be changed, loot and plunder will have to be brought to an end and education, health and employment opportunities will have to be made available to the masses.