KASUR

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif came down to Kasur on Tuesday on a short visit to condole with MPA Malik Ahmed Khan the death of his father, former deputy chairman Senate Malik Ali Khan.

The CM visited his residence in Khai Hatar and offered fateha for the departed soul. He also paid tribute to late Malik Ali Khan over his political services for the area.

On the other hand, strict security measures were adopted by the district police for the visit of the Punjab chief minister and all government officers including DCO Salman Ghani did not attend their respective offices. They reached Khai Hatar promptly to put in place all arrangements of the CM’s visit. Although their absence greatly disturbed the entire administrative machinery, they were on their toes during the CM’s presence, “reciting verses of holy Quran.”

An officer of the district administration, on condition of anonymity, said that they heaved a sigh of relief as soon as the CM left for Nankana Sahib.

Poor schoolchildren were left waiting as the CM did not go to check public schools and the dilapidated condition of district hospital.

A strong protest led by Councillor Ch Imtiaz Akhtar, Malik Usman Awan, Sardar Liaquat and Sardar Muhammad Sarwar was also organised by citizens and social organisation against shortage of life saving drugs in DHQ hospital, unprecedented corruption by MS and his cronies, direct supply of electricity to public sector quarters and issuance of fake medical certificates etc. But all these efforts proved futile as the chief minister cut short his visit, leaving thousands of people in the lurch.

On the other hand, students and faculty of Govt Islamic High School, Girls College, District Public School etc. could not meet the CM despite a long spell of waiting.