Imran Khan, Parvez Elahi discuss political situation.

LAHORE    -  Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Ch Parvez Elahi held a detailed meeting at Chief Minister’s Office on Monday and discussed the prevailing political situation, development schemes and solutions to problems being faced by the people. 

Reportedly, Imran Khan appreciated the steps taken by the Punjab government for the rehabili­tation of the flood-hit population and to save edu­cational institutions from drug addiction. 

The Punjab government’s aid package would ensure early rehabilitation of the affected fami­lies; he said and regretted that the past govern­ment had committed enmity with the people by stopping welfare-oriented programmes. The wel­fare schemes should be accelerated to provide necessary relief to the people, he stated.

The CM apprised that all hospitals in the prov­ince would be converted to solar energy in phases. 

While briefing about the Punjab Control of Narcotics Substance Act, 2022, the CM added that strict legislation was being enacted to make educational institutions drug-free. Strict pun­ishment would be proposed for selling drugs in higher education institutions. He further told that the government was legislating to keep the minimum punishment up to two years and maxi­mum life imprisonment. “The owners, as well as employees, would be responsible for selling and use of drugs in educational institutions”; he said and added that an autonomous institution, spe­cial force and special courts would be set up to eradicate the drug trade. The CM said that heirs of those who died due to rains and floods have been given one million rupees per person. The aid amount has been increased to redress dam­ages to houses, crops, and livestock; he said and added that new development schemes were also being started according to Imran Khan’s vision as the welfare of the common man was a focal point of the Punjab government. Senior Minister Aslam Iqbal, Minister for Specialized Healthcare Dr Yas­min Rashid, former federal minister Hammad Azhar, Hafiz Farhat Abbas, Ch. Iftikhar Ghumman, Wasim Ramey, Mudassar Machiana, chief secre­tary and others were also present. 

CM ALLOWS THE INCLUSION OF COMPLICATED LIVER SURGERY IN THE HEALTH CARD PROGRAMME

Punjab Chief Minister Ch Parvez Elahi has ap­proved the inclusion of complicated liver surgery in the health card programme and accorded ap­proval to increase the funds of this programme. 

He said that complicated heart surgery of child patients would also be included in the health card programme. The CM said that surgery of the liver, kidney and pancreas would be facilitated through Bahria international hospitals while the inclusion of complicated liver surgery would further facili­tate the needy patients. Vice President Bahria In­ternational Hospital Dr Shazia Malik in her meet­ing with the CM assured him of their cooperation in this regard. The operation and post-operative-care facilities would be provided on health card in Bahria international hospitals. Dr Faisal Hanif of Bahria international hospitals; Gen (r) Iftikhar, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Khan Bhatti, former principal secretary GM Sikandar, Secretary Specialized Healthcare Imran Sikandar Baloch and others were also present.

CM condoles loss of lives in helicopter crash

Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the Pakistan Army helicopter crash in Balochistan and extended sympathies to the bereaved fami­lies. He paid tributes to Pilot Maj. Muhammad Muneeb Afzal, Pilot Maj. Khurram Shahzad, Naik Jalil, Subedar Abdul Wahid, and Sepoys Shoaib and Muhammad Imran. They have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty; he said and added that the nation is proud of the dutifulness of the martyrs. The martyrs are the nation’s heroes and their sac­rifice will never be forgotten, he said.