OKARA - Local PML-N MNA Ch Riazul Haq said that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has extended best wishes to the entire nation for a bright and prosperous new year.

"In his message, the chief minister said that Pakistan of 2018 would be more peaceful, brighter and stronger that past, In Sha Allah," Riazul Haq said. The CM message added that 2018 would prove to be the year of bright future, strong economy and prosperity for Pakistan. "We'll keep striving for making Pakistan a peaceful and welfare state according to the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah," he vowed. He claimed that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would bring economic stability to the country. It would make people prosperous and prove to be a real game-changer for the region, he pointed out. In past, all the development projects were completed timely, he claimed.

The CM showered the army, police and the personnel of other security forces with praises for keeping the national flag high by rendering countless sacrifices in fight against terrorism. He said new energy projects would bring an end to loadshedding. It would be a gift from the PML-N government to the masses. He sought collective efforts to abolish the difference between the rich and the poor and provide equal opportunities to everyone. "We will have to review our achievements and failures while entering the New Year," the CM said. "Our commitments are higher than challenges and 2018 will bring light and prosperity for Pakistani nation," he added.

On the other hand, a local PML-N leader said that the government is making all-out efforts to ensure timely completion of the new building for the Okara City Railway Station.

He said that the new building of the railway station would facilitate not only the locals but also residents of adjoining districts. He said that the building is a synthesis of modern and Mughal architecture. He said that all aspects of passenger's facilities had been kept in view while raising buildings of meeting rooms, restaurant, parking, booking room, waiting rooms etc. He informed that construction of the station was undertaken by Federal Minister for Railways Kh Saad Rafiq and MNA Ch Riazul Haq.