LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the forthcoming general elections are very important as survival of the country depends on the polls.“The PML-N can meet challenges confronting the country,” Shahbaz said while addressing separate meetings of PML-N leaders and office-bearers from Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Chiniot, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Narowal and Sialkot districts at Model Town on Saturday.He urged the masses to elect sincere leadership to parliament to make Pakistan as dreamt by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.The chief minister said the people want ‘real’ change and such change can be brought in through practical steps, not sloganeering only. He counted his government’s feats to bring about a change. He said even the political opponents of the Punjab leadership have lauded the revolutionary steps taken in education, health, employment and other sectors in the province due to which the living standard of the masses has improved and they are benefitting from development projects. The chief minister said he can rightly claim that PML-N government has introduced a ‘real’ change in Punjab. He said the development activities, uplift projects and welfare programmes of the provincial government have been widely appreciated by the people. He said whenever the PML-N has had the opportunity to serve the masses, it has always set records of public service and executed such projects as have provided relief to the people. He said service to the people is the pivot of the politics of PML-N and those making claims of bringing about change cannot hoodwink the masses. He said that if opportunity was given to the PML-N to serve the people, the journey of development started from Punjab will be extended to the whole country and Pakistan will be steered out of crises and put on the road to progress and development. He said that corruption will be rooted out from the country and a transparent system will be introduced.He said that whenever PML-N has come into power, it has served the people with sincerity and a spirit of patriotism, strengthened national economy through solid policies, introduced comprehensive programmes for poverty alleviation, created job opportunity as well as promoted economic, industrial and trade activities. He said that by the grace of Allah Almighty and the support of the people, PML-N candidates will sweep the forthcoming general elections. He said the Punjab government has set records of public service during the last five years and the people are fully benefitting from the projects completed across the province. He said the PML-N has ensured provision of education, health and other basic facilities to the masses and they will keep in view the record of public service of PML-N while giving their verdict in the general elections and ensure a victory for PML-N. He said that if the PML-N was given an opportunity to serve the people, the process of development will be extended to the whole country and the destiny of the nation will be changed.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 24-Mar-2013 here.