MULTAN - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Zardari and his cronies have broken all previous records of corruption as a result of which the country is in jeopardy.

Addressing a gathering of parliamentarians, ticket holders and office-bearers of the PML-N from Multan at an iftar dinner the other day, he added that Zardari would have to go. “If they don’t go themselves, the masses would throw them out of Islamabad,” he warned. He added that many rulers came from South Punjab but none of them did nothing for the poor people. He asked the workers to prepare themselves for the elections as the polls were just around the corner.

Taking notice of repeated complaints from the workers against bad behaviour of district administration, he asked the Commissioner, CPO and DCO to resolve all problems being faced by the workers and keep their doors open to them. “I warn you to end the tradition of keeping workers waiting outside your offices for hours and hours,” he added.

The Chief Minister announced on the occasion that 10 per cent quota of class-4 jobs would be given to the workers while the tickets would also be given with the consultation of workers of the concerned constituency. He further announced that Sultana Shaheen would be given a reserve seat for women while Rana Mahboob Alam would be appointed as assistant advocate general. Similarly, the amount of Baitul Maal fund will also be risen while the issuance of green cards will start after Eid.

Referring to recent fireworks blast tragedy, the CM announced Rs0.5 million compensation for the heirs of each deceased. He also constituted a committee under the chairmainship of MNA Sheikh Tariq Rasheed and asked him to compile a report on the incident and submit it with his office as soon as possible.

A local leader Haji Altaf Baloch drew the attention of the Chief Minister towards illegal occupation of a plot of renowned Seraiki poet Shakir Shujabadi on which he directed the administration to get the plot vacated forthwith. He also issued orders for providing free medical treatment and other facilities to the legendry poet. The Chief Minister also directed the DCO Multan to get vacated a plot of Wilayat Hussain Islamia College and set up a cricket ground there. He issued orders for constitution of a medical board for the examination of a worker Imtiaz Gulzar Chatan and asked concerned authorities to send him abroad for the treatment.

The Punjab CM spent over one and a half hour with the workers and each participant was given one minute to express himself. Most of the worker burst out against the bad behaviour of district administration on this occasion.

Those who joined the iftar dinner included Jaffar Iqbal Gujjar, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Haji Ehsan Uddin Qureshi, senator Rafiq Rajwana, MNAs - Rana Mahmoodul Hassan, Tariq Rasheed and Shaheen Shafiq, MPAs - Amir Saeed Ansari, Ijaz Noon and Mehdi Abbas Langah, Haji Altaf Baloch, Bilal Butt, Rao Aneesur Rehman, Shahzad Maqbool Bhutta and others.