LAHORE -  Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday called for continuation of democratic process in Balochistan and said he wanted all political parties to support the democratic system.

He said this while interacting with the media during a surprise visit to Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplantation Institute (PKLTI) here on Monday. He was answering a question about the no-confidence motion against Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri. Opposition lawmakers and lawmakers from Zehri’s own party have moved a no-confidence motion against him. Voting on the motion will be held today (Tuesday).

The chief minister said continuation of democracy is necessary for persistence of public welfare projects, their speedily completion as well as elimination of corruption. “It is the beauty of democracy that elected representatives take decisions. We are hopeful that the PML-N government will continue in Balochistan,” he said.

During the visit, the chief minister went to different sections of the OPD, inquired after patients and talked to doctors and other staff. He inspected pharmacy and checked provision of medicines to patients.

Expressing their satisfaction with provision of medical facilitates, patients said a superb medical institution had been set up to serve the ailing humanity. Doctors and other staff members said the credit for this state-of-the-art institution goes to the Punjab chief minister.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said this hospital has become a role model and he was feeling happy to visit it.

Also, the chief minister presided over a high level meeting, which reviewed construction work and installation of medical equipment at second phase of PKLTI. The chief minister said he wanted completion of this phase by March 23.

He told the media that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and his party had done nothing during the last four-and-a-half years except staging sit-ins, telling lies and levelling baseless allegations. “Now they are afraid of facing people, as elections are nearing. On the contrary, we are inaugurating public welfare projects, including hospitals, schools, filter clinics, colleges, infrastructure and transport development schemes every day. The PTI and Khan have only wasted people’s time. First Niazi Sahib alleged that I have taken Rs23 billion bribe from Javed Sadiq. On this, I sent a notice to him that he has not replied to yet. Then the allegation of Rs10 billion offer to him was levelled in the Panama Papers case. I filed a suit but he is avoiding appearing in the court,” he added.

Shehbaz said that Niazi Sahib was master of u-turns, falsehood and lies and he tried to obstruct the journey of development through sit-ins and lockdowns. On a TV programme, Khan Sahib claimed that he would eliminate load-shedding from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in five years, but he is unable to produce even a single unit of electricity until today. He said the Punjab government had completed electricity generation projects of thousands of megawatts capacity from its own resources and “we are happy that the electricity produced by these projects is being supplied to entire Pakistan.

Federal Minister for Power Sardar Awais Ahmad Leghari called on Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif here on Monday and shared views on different matters of mutual interest, including ongoing development projects in southern Punjab.

The chief minister reiterated that the PML-N government had allocated funds for southern Punjab more than its share. Development and prosperity of southern Punjab, he said, was top priority of the PML-N government, he said, mentioning Metro and Speedo bus services, which were “providing comfortable transport to hundreds of thousands of passengers in Multan every day”.

He said the project to provide clean water to people of southern Punjab is another milestone initiative in addition to thousands of kilometers long roads constructed under Pakkiyan Sarkan—Saukhay Panday programme for rapid and easy access of farmers to markets.

“The farming community has greatly benefited from Kissan Package of Rs100 billion and the agricultural production has increased manifold.”

The chief minister said that political elements talking about backwardness of southern Punjab did nothing to address problems of the area when they were in power. He said the Punjab government had done a lot and it would do much more for betterment of southern Punjab. He said he was personally supervising progress on development programmes in southern Punjab.

Leghari said the PML-N government had won hearts of people by giving a historic budget for welfare of people of southern Punjab.