Lahore - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Thursday that corruption and absence of a fair accountability system were the biggest hurdles in development of the country.

Shehbaz was talking to the media after his visit to Allama Iqbal's mausoleum on his 140th birth anniversary. He laid a wreath at the mausoleum and offered fateha for Iqbal’s soul. He also wrote his views in the visitors’ book.

“We have to review the steps taken so far to stop corruption,” the chief minister told the media. He said that public money had been looted in the name of development and everyone knew who did this.

He said that Iqbal’s poetry and philosophy had been a source of guidance even today. “It is still questionable today how much have we followed Iqbal’s philology. We are plunging even today despite existence of Iqbal’s thoughts and ideas,” said the chief minister.

According to a handout, he said: “We have failed in providing basic facilities to the poor nation. They include education, healthcare, transport and justice, and we failed to ensure their availability to the people. major obstacles in the way of achieving the destination are slackness, a culture of corruption, unjust accountability process, violation of merit and nepotism.” He went on to say: “The global media is discussing the issue when the name of Prince Charles of the UK is found in the Paradise Leaks. On the other side, nobody talks about the plunderers who have looted billions of rupees from the poor nation in Pakistan. If the situation remains the same, we will be dumped in the dustbin of the history and if the situation remains the same here, then there would be no accountability.” 

“Therefore, we jointly have to transform this journey into a process of development through hard work, honesty and trust. Let’s make a sovereign pledge on this Iqbal Day that we shall transform Pakistan into a truly Islamic welfare state by following the sayings of Iqbal and Jinnah and the menace of corruption, nepotism and injustice will be eliminated from the country. We shall move further jointly by following the principles of hard work, trust and honesty to make Pakistan a great country in the world.”

 “Today, we should seek guidance from his poetry and philosophy because the vision of Iqbal is the guarantor of our national survival. Iqbal has promoted the message of peace and brotherhood though his poetry and we can achieve success by following his vision. The poetry of Allama Iqbal guides not only the Muslims but the whole world.  Also, the Punjab CM condemned the attack on a police mobile in Chaman Housing Scheme of Quetta and expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the loss of precious lives. 

Separately, he took notice of the story of corporal punishment at a Faisalabad school and sought report from officials concerned.  The CM termed the incident of torture of the children as deplorable and directed that departmental action be initiated against the responsible person. He further directed that an effective strategy be adopted to stop such incidents in future.

CM satisfied with N culture

of speedy projects

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the PML-N government is struggling to make Pakistan as envisioned by Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Quaid-i-Azam Muammad Ali Jinnah.

He was talking to his party parliamentarians who called on him Thursday. The CM expressed his satisfaction at the PML-N government for promoting a culture of speedy completion of projects.  “A new history has been written by ensuring transparent and honest utilisation of national resources,” he said. Shehbaz said the mega projects completed with a cost of billions of rupees are providing relief to the people and the development strategy of the PML-N government is bearing fruit. He added that there is no room for allegations and anarchy as only the politics of public service will succeed. “The enemies of public welfare are uneasy due to the speedy development of the country. He said the elements spreading anarchy and chaos have tried to block development but the conscious people of Pakistan have foiled their bids,” he said. Lawmakers Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Ch Tahir Ahmed Sandhu, Malik Zulqarnain Dogar and Ahsanul Haq Bajwa met the CM.