LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif got his helicopter landed in the fields near Kasur after the visit of the city yesterday.

He made surprise inspection of the brick kiln situated in a village of Kasur and expressed his strong indignation over children doing physical labour there.

He ordered the authorities concerned to take legal action against the owner of the brick kiln and on the directions of the Chief Minister, the owner was arrested. The Chief Minister directed that case should be registered and legal action be initiated against him. He directed that children doing work at the brick kiln should be given admissions in the schools. Upon seeing the dirty hands of the children, the Chief Minister advised them to get education as ample resources have been provided for the education of children doing work at brick kilns. The children and the families are given monthly stipends along with the provision free books, bags, uniforms and shoes so that the chider could study without being burdened. “We have given pen and books in the hands of the children for ensuring their bright future. The future of these children is associated with the education; therefore’ the children should be admitted to the schools.” He directed that Deputy Commissioners and DPOs should regularly visit brick kilns adding that any child labor at the brick kilns will not be tolerated at any cost. Wherever complaint is received, action will be taken against the owner of the brick kiln. I shall also make surprise inspection of brick kilns, the Chief Minister added. A large number of people who gathered on the occasion, chanted slogan of ‘long-live Shehbaz Sharif.’

Also, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz  visited Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute (PKLI) and inspected the construction work of the second phase. He also visited under-construction energy center, Mosque as well as the dialysis center to inspect the quality of medical facilities provided there.  He was also given a briefing about the detail of construction works of the second phase. The Chief Minister directed that construction works should be completed at the earliest adding that this institution has emerged as the role model for serving the ailing humanity; therefore, the second phase should be completed within the deadline. He directed to make functional the dialysis center in next few days and said that horticulture and tree plantation assignment should be completed speedily. PKLI is an institution for the whole of Pakistan and no compromise will be made on the quality of construction works. It is a historic step of the Punjab government and all the needy patients will be treated hundred percent free of cost, he added.

He said that an effective system of infection-control will be introduced in the PKLI. The Chief Minister also presided over a high-level meeting which was also attended by Provincial Minister Kh. Salman Rafique, spokesman Punjab government Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, secretary specialized healthcare, CEO of Infrastructure Development Authority Punjab and others. The meeting reviewed the progress on second phase of the PKLI.