RAWALPINDI - Punjab Chief Minister, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, has said that upcoming general elections are not meant to change the governments in Centre and in the provinces; rather they are necessary for the survival of the country and democratic order.

Without naming Tehrik-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri, the CM said that those enjoying the luxurious life in Europe and America cannot befool the people of Pakistan in the name of change.

Dubbing President Asif Ali Zardari and his cronies as “Zar Baba and forty thieves” he said that the gang through its corruption and erroneous polices have plunged the country into complete darkness, hoping that PML-N President Nawaz Sharif would bring the country on the path of development once he came to power.

He stated this while addressing a mammoth public gathering on Thursday at Pir Mehar Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR). Later, the CM Punjab inaugurated the “Shahbaz Sharif flyover” at 6th Road.

Earlier, the CM said that flyover he would inaugurate on 6th Road has been completed in a record time of 100 days at the cost of Rs 1.017 billion, appreciating the efforts of MNA Muhammad Hanif Abbasi and the construction company in this regard.

Recounting the other development projects done by PML-N, he said that a state-of-the-art Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology was constructed in which thousands of poor patients would get free of cost medical treatment. He said that Punjab government also doled out laptops among the shining students purely on the basis of merit. He said that government would also launch “Ujala Programme” in this month in which solar energy lamps would be distributed among the students who excelled in the examinations.

“Though Zar Baba and his forty thieves has pushed the country into darkness during their regime, yet Nawaz Sharif Ujala Programme would remove the darkness from the country,” he said.  

He said that general elections are round the corner while Zardari gang has been busy looting the national kitty with both hands, besides destroying all the important institutions of the country. He said that in this alarming situation, the masses should elect Nawaz Sharif as he would be the person who could bring change in Pakistan after reaching the Parliament.

He linked the launching of many development projects that were in pipeline including Metro Bus Service in the city with the success of Nawaz Sharif in the elections.

Shahbaz said that upcoming elections are very important for the stability and integrity of the country. Hitting TMQ Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri very hard, he said that Qadri landed in Pakistan with a foreign agenda to delay the upcoming elections.

Recalling the disasters and crises that hit Pakistan in general and Punjab in particular such as corruption, energy crises, price hike, floods and dengue virus, Shahbaz said that he was standing along with the victims in this hard times while Qadri was living in Europe and America.

He questioned where Qadri was during the last three years when he (CM) was making hue and cry that Zardari and his gang was plundering the national kitty.

He said now when only two months are left in general elections, Qadri appeared on the scene with his controversial and imported agenda. He said that March 17 would be the last day of the incumbent government. He said if general elections are held in time, PML-N will clean sweep across the country.

Later, Shahbaz unveiled the plaque of Shehbaz Sharif Flyover on 6th Road during a ceremony with attending PML-N MNAs Muhammad Hanif Abbasi, Malik Abrar Ahmed, and Shakeel Awan, MPAs Raja Hanif Advocate, Malik Ghulam Raza, Sheryar Riaz, Malik Iftikhar, Zia Ullah Shah, Chaudhry Ayaz, Sarfraz Afzal, Seema Gilani, Dr Jamal Nasir, Begum Najma Hameed, Tahira Aurangzeb, Sardar Naseem, Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh, Ilyas Subhani, Maqool Khan, Zaib-un-Nisa and many other local leaders and workers.           

Tight security arrangements were made on the occasion by the law enforcement agencies while all the major roads of the city experienced a gigantic traffic jam causing immense troubles for commuters and pedestrians.