LAHORE - Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the PML-N government is striving to make Pakistan the state envisaged by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He was talking to the newly-appointed American Consul General Yuriy Fedkiw who called on him yesterday.

CM Shehbaz said the government is determined to make Pakistan a welfare state. He said that all citizens enjoy equal rights in the country. He said the armed forces and people of Pakistan have rendered unprecedented sacrifices in the war on terrorism.

Greeting Yuriy Fedkiw on becoming diplomat, he said he saw the Pak-US ties growing. Speaking on the occasion, the American envoy said the US attached importance to its relations with Pakistan. He said that he had heard a lot about the work carried out by Shehbaz and now seen it personally. Quality and speed in the implementation of public welfare projects is the hallmark of CM, he added.

PML-N believes in public service

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said his government believes in ‘politics of public service’.

“Politics of protests has already caused loss to the country and there is no justification for it at a time when the country is moving towards progress and prosperity,” he said while talking to his party delegates yesterday.  “The people involved in negative politics do not want progress and the masses know them well. Such people are enemies of Pakistan,” he said. He said that in a democratic setup, decisions are taken in the parliament and not on roads.

The CM said the aim of such protests is to stop the process of development and the people leading such demos are afraid of the PML-N’s popularity.  Shehbaz said that people had rejected these elements and will do the same in future. People do not need sloganeering and aimless protest, he said adding that the government is determined to make Pakistan a prosperous state.