LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme is of key importance for the development of rural economy.

The chief minister said this while presiding over a meeting held on Monday to review progress on Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme. Secretary Communication and Works gave a briefing regarding pace of progress of the project.

Shahbaz Sharif said that billions of rupees would be spent on construction and rehabilitation of rural roads of the whole province under this programme in next three years. He said that Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme would bring a new era of progress and prosperity in rural areas and this revolutionary programme of construction and rehabilitation of roads would change the livening standard of the rural people besides promote trade, economic and social activities.

The Punjab government has included infrastructure development among its top priorities and the big project of Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme will go a long miles in this regard. He said that the project of construction and rehabilitation of rural roads is very important and has to be furthered speedily. Shahbaz Sharif said that besides construction and rehabilitation of rural roads, their protection and maintenance is also necessary and effective mechanism is essential for maintenance of rural roads after their construction and rehabilitation. He said that for the purpose of protection of roads, necessary measures should be taken to control overloading.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the entire nation is united for elimination of terrorism and extremism. He said that Pakistan Army has set glorious examples of valor and courage in the war against terrorism. He said that the unprecedented sacrifices of the martyrs would not go waste and Pakistan would become a haven of peace.

He expressed these views while talking to the PML-N legislators from various districts who met him, on Monday. Shahbaz Sharif said that the steps taken against terrorism under National Action Plan are yielding positive results and the war against terrorism, extremism and sectarianism is being fought on every front.

He said that Pak army has hit hard to terrorists through operation zarb-e-azb. The Chief Minister vowed that making Pakistan a safe and peaceful country is the mission of every Pakistani. He said that terrorists are enemy of the country and the nation and they will be eliminated at all costs.

He said that the terrorists will find no place to hide in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan will be made a peaceful country with the power of unity of the nation.

Those who met the chief minister included MNAs Tahir Iqbal Chaudhry, Mian Alam Dad Laleka, Rana Zahid Hussain, Ch. Abid Raza, Advisor Ch. Arshad Saeed MPA, former Minister Ch Abdul Waheed Arain, Begum Faiza Mushtaq MPA and Dewan Mushtaq former MPA.