MULTAN - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif dubbed on Wednesday Zardari as looter of national wealth and Imran Khan the IG of liars, asking the nation to identify these swindlers and do not vote for them in coming election.

He observed this while addressing public gatherings in Multan after inaugurating health projects worth about Rs5 billion. The projects include 150-bed Children Complex Hospital extension project worth over Rs1,929 million, 150-bed Institute of Kidney Diseases worth Rs1,444.70 million, Nishtar Burn Unit worth Rs878.68 million, Government Shehbaz Sharif DHQ Hospital Rs411 million and Regional Blood Centre Rs323 million.

Shehbaz Sharif lashed out at his political opponents and said that Zardari looted national wealth and ironically now claims to recover it from others. “It is better for him to return the looted money himself. If he doesn’t, we’ll recover it from him,” he added.

He said that Imran Khan did nothing except for staging sit-ins during last four and half years. “He locked down Islamabad, brought out processions and created hurdles in way of development projects. What he should’ve done but he didn’t is that he did not establish any hospital or educational institution in KPK,” he maintained. He said that the only achievement of Imran Khan was that Peshawar was dug for Metro line in four and a half years. He claimed that if the PML-N got another chance to come into power with the support of Allah and masses, it would launch orange line and metro train projects in Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi. He stressed upon the masses to bring PML-N to power in 2018 elections and the party would bring in a revolution of development in return. He said that Imran Khan told lies day and night, levels allegations and abuses his opponents but when Dengue came to Peshawar he climbed up the mountains. He said that Imran Niazi opposed great health projects like Sehat Card and did not let the federal government launch it in KPK.

He said that the people of Pakistan would bring PML-N to power in next election and we would bring in a revolution of progress and prosperity.

He said that the government spent billions of rupees on providing quality healthcare facilities to the people. He added that it was his mission to lift healthcare sector and he would not sit calmly until this mission was accomplished. He hoped that the extension project of Children Complex Hospital would offer Lahore-like healthcare facilities to the residents of South Punjab in Multan. The CM took notice of poor sanitary conditions in Children Complex and issued order for improvement in cleanliness.

The CM disclosed that the Punjab Government is going to establish state-of-the-art Burn Units in all big cities of the province and Multan Burn Unit is part of this project. He hoped that the unit would give state of the art burn treatment facilities to the residents of South Punjab.

Shahbaz Sharif was of the opinion that the drug testing lab would help eliminate counterfeit and poor quality drugs. He added that quality medicines were basic right of every citizen and the government would ensure this right.

He declared that 100 new dialysis machines would be added to the existing equipment of Kidney Centre. “Currently this centre has 40 dialysis machines and all of them are busy. We’ll immediately busy new machines and if this equipment is not available in Pakistan, we’ll bring it from abroad by air,” he declared.

The CM took serious notice of unavailability of cardiac surgeon at Children Complex Hospital and gave two-week deadline to the administration to bring the surgeon. “If you fail to achieve this task, I’ll bring surgeons myself third week,” he declared. He said that best doctors from around the world had been brought at Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute and same pattern would be followed to arrange doctors for the projects of Multan.

He disclosed that CT Scan machines are being installed at all DHQ Hospitals of Punjab which would remain functional round the clock. “We’re going to introduce a new mechanism under which the company, which installs these machines, will be responsible to keep it running round the clock,” he added. He said that now no one would ask the patients to go outside and get self scanned from private machine. He said that if the PML-N gets another chance, it would launch projects like CT Scan machines, mobile health units etc in Azad Kashmir and other parts of the country.

He declared that the foundation stone of Nishtar Hospital-11 would be laid before the next election in Multan and it would be accomplished within one year.

He pointed out that the country was faced with over 20-hour long daily loadshedding when PML-N came into power but today the country is loadshedding free as the government produced thousands of megawatt electricity. He disclosed that the Punjab Government was installing a 1200-megawatt power production plant in Haweli Bahadur Shah which would be run on gas. He said that the Punjab Government saved Rs100 billion in power generation projects and all the projects were a good example of transparency. He claimed that no one could prove corruption worth even a single paisa in these projects. He said that it was the outcome of government’s projects that today the country had come out of darkness and it was illuminated.

He said that our forefathers rendered sacrifices for such a Pakistan where justice was available to all, resources were divided justly and all had equal opportunities to make progress. “Today after 70 years, Pakistan is going to become a welfare state in light of dreams of Quaid and Iqbal,” he asserted.

He pointed out that the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund was a revolutionary programme which enabled 275000 poor and deserving students to continue their education. He added that thousands of young students turned into doctors, engineers, bankers, teachers and experts with the help of this programme and now contributed their share in national development.

Earlier, the CM visited Shahbaz Sharif DHQ Hospital, Children Complex Hospital, Nishtar Burn Unit, Regional Blood Centre, Drug Testing Lab and Cold Chain Store.  He was accompanied by federal minister Javed Ali Shah, provincial ministers Kh Salman Rafiq, Kh Imran Nazir and Naghma Mushtaq Lang, mayor Multan Naveedul Haq, chairman district council Dewan Muhammad Abbas, MNAs, MPAs and health officials.