FAISALABAD - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has held President Asif Ali Zardari responsible for deteriorating economic and security conditions and rampant corruption in the country. Addressing a public gathering here Sunday after reviewing Ashiana Housing Society project, Shahbaz said that the man sitting on the top in Islamabad was responsible of loot and plunder in the country. Shahbaz said the government was imposing new taxes every day, while the tax money of the poor people is going to certain few pockets. He said that there is a huge gap between the privileged and unprivileged classes in the country, adding that generals, judges and politicians are the ruling elite of the country. The Punjab chief minister said that army can be called anytime for doing relief work in floods or other natural disasters but there should not be any other purpose for calling the army. The chief minister rubbished the WikiLeaks disclosures about the Punjab government. To a question, he said Rehman Malik or President Zardari should be asked about the WikiLeaks disclosures about the federal government. To another question, Shahbaz said his helicopter was out of order. He rejected the report that he has purchased a new helicopter at a cost of Rs2 billion. He said that in a country where people are deprived of water, food and shelter, how a person like him could abuse his authority. He said that he had sent his helicopter for repair while he came there on an army helicopter. Talking to the media after inspecting the under-construction Ashiana Housing Scheme, near Makkoanna, on Jaranwala Road, he said the PML-N will continue its comprehensive revolutionary, welfare-oriented and pro-poor policies in the province. The chief minister said he would complete record development projects during his tenure, which will silence his opponents. He said that the Punjab government is building Ashiana Housing Society in Faisalabad comprising 2,800 houses and expressed satisfaction over the quality and pace of the project. Shahbaz said that loot and plunder has become order of the day and it is pity that highly influential people are involved in this country-wide pillage. He said that they would not allow these forces to destroy this homeland of 180 million people, who offered great sacrifices under the able leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He vowed to lay down his life while protecting the Pakistan. He was also critical of the mudslinging against him and said that he was not going to spend rupees 2 Billion on the purchase of New Helicopter. About the policies of PML-N, the chief minister said that till their coming to power all facilities were dolled-out to the privileged and elite class but we have changed this trend by focusing on the poor and low-income socio-economic groups. He said that the majority of people who had offered sacrifices for the creation of Pakistan were living in slums surrounded with ponds of stinking water. We would provide them neat and clean environment with quality housing. I am here to check the quality of these Model Ashiana Houses and the quality of these houses is as good as those in posh areas of Lahore He said that he had issued clear instructions to DCO Nasim Sadiq and Punjab Land Development Company CEO Dr Arshad to select the best contractor through a transparent system to ensure the quality of Ashiana houses and their completion before the coming winter season. These houses, he added, would be allotted to 100 percent deserving persons through transparent balloting. He made it clear that no recommendation from any legislator would be entertained and he would personally supervise the process of balloting in Faisalabad. He also announced an underpass at Abdullahpur Crossing to resolve the traffic related problems. Earlier, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah said that the chief minister is making hectic efforts to resolve the problems being confronted by the poor. He said that the Punjab has donated state land for Ashiana Housing Scheme and CM will be invited again to Faisalabad for inauguration of this project. He also said that 20,000 Yellow Cabs would be provided to educated unemployed youth and it would help arrest the menace of unemployment from the country. Senator, Pervaiz Rashid, PML-N District President Chaudhry Safdar Rehman and Parliamentarians, Khalid Mansoor, Abid Sher Ali, Haji Akram Ansari, Khawaja Muhammad Islam, Dr. Imtiaz Baluch and former legislator, Rai Salahud Din, Talal Chaudhry and RPO Aftab Ahmed heema were also present on the occasion.