BAHAWALPUR - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif threatened on Sunday that a long march could be launched against drone attacks that have killed hundreds of innocent people so far. He urged the nation to get united for the purpose. This is the most serious warning given by a provincial chief executive thus far. Prime Minister Gilani and Army Chief Gen Kayani have earlier condemned the drone attack in Datta Khel that killed 40 people. They had said in separate statements a few weeks ago that these attacks were not tolerable any more. Pressure is mounting on the government to retaliate in case of fresh drone attacks. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Daanish School in Chistian, built at a cost of Rs 700 million, the Punjab CM cursed the past rulers whose wrong policies he said had reduced the countrys status to that of a beggar. He said the country had been living on charity of others, which has caused humiliation to the people. He said that Pakistan cannot achieve economic and political independence unless it gives up the habit of living on loans. He said that if free medicines and dialysis facility and projects like mobile health units and Daanish schools can be launched with indigenous resources, reliance on others can also be done away with in all other sectors. He said that by adopting honesty, austerity and hard work Pakistan can reach the pinnacle of progress and achieve a respectable status in the comity of nations. Provincial ministers, members of the National and Punjab assemblies, notables, students and a large number of people from different walks of life attended the ceremony. Shahbaz Sharif said that todays Pakistan does not reflect the vision of the Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Muhammad Iqbal. He said that despite the passage of 63 years, there is a big disparity between the elite and the common man. He said that while such basic facilities as education and health are denied to the poor, the elite are enjoying all luxuries and privileges. He said that the elite have done a great disservice to the country and made Pakistan a nation dependant on donors. He said that instead of relying on indigenous resources, the nation is compelled to beg and take dictation from others. He said that equitable distribution of resources and bridging the gap between the rich and the poor is essential for progress and prosperity of the country and transforming it in accordance with the principles of the Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. He said that there is a need to work hard and display spirit of sacrifice to move ahead. He said that 'Uswa-e-Hasna and 'Misaq-e-Madina are beacons of light for the nation and Pakistan can be made an Islamic welfare state by adopting the principles of Islam. He said that setting up of Daanish Schools in the most backward areas of the province is an important step towards transforming Pakistan in accordance with the vision of the founders of the country and credit for this achievement goes to PML-N. The Chief Minister further said that when he announced the project of Daanish Schools, critics expressed qualms about the project. However, he said that Allah Almighty be praised for giving him courage and strength due to which the third Daanish School is being inaugurated in the province. He said that the standard of these schools will be even higher than Aitcheson and Grammar schools and by setting up these schools, not only in Punjab but the whole country, the aim of national progress and prosperity can be achieved. He said that just as children of the poor are denied admission in prestigious educational institutions, similarly the children of the rich will not be able to enrol in Daanish Schools. He said that poor but talented students from other provinces as well as FATA and Azad Kashmir will also be given admission in Daanish Schools which will translate the dream of the poor to have quality education. He said that free education, textbooks, uniform, residential and medical facilities will be available to students in Daanish Schools. He said that foundation stone of Daanish Schools in DG Khan, Mianwali, Attock and Rajanpur will soon be laid and seven Daanish Schools will be set up during the next one year under a phased programme. The CM said that the elimination of terrorism and extremism is essential for the progress and prosperity of the country as well as eradication of poverty and unemployment. He said that the nation will have to forge unity to foil the nefarious designs of anti-Pakistan elements. He said that extremism can be rooted out through promotion of education and Daanish Schools will greatly help in this direction. He said that the best teachers have been selected for Daanish Schools and he is confident that the trained teachers will discharge their responsibility of education and training of the youth in a proper manner. He said that the whole nation will have to unite against drone attacks and even a long march will be staged if needed. He said that a blood of innocent Pakistanis is being shed in Waziristan, Bajaur and other tribal areas. He said that he is grateful to all those who had prayed for the recovery of PML-N chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Earlier, Shahbaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of the Daanish School Mosque and also inaugurated the school. He also visited different sections of the school.