LAHORE - The Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has given approval for the establishment of Murree Tourism Development Project (MTDP) for the speedy execution of interrelated and inter-connected projects including parking plazas, ropeway system and provision of transit transport at Murree. According to a notification, the Project Management Unit of MTDP will be headed by Secretary Tourism and Resort Development Department Punjab as its Project Director while the Project Steering Committee will be headed by the chief secretary Punjab with other members to be nominated later. Moreover, for smooth running of the project, finance, planning and transport units and operation/contracts wing will be staffed on deputation from government officers or recruited from private sector. It may be mentioned here that the Punjab chief minister is taking keen interest in the development of Murree as a modern resort and for promotion of tourism in the province. '300 wheat truckloads smuggled to Afghanistan Punjab government has failed to purchase wheat from the farmers according to its fixed prices and PML-Q (Like-Minded Group) would launch a protest drive if this practice continues. These views were expressed by Mian Asif, Secretary Information Punjab Like-Minded Group, while talking to a delegation of farmers at party office on Monday. He said more than 300 wheat truckloads had been smuggled to Afghanistan from southern Punjab so far due to the unwise policies of the provincial government in this regard. Asif said wheat procurement centres were under the virtual control of PML-N leaders and they only purchase wheat from their cronies. He said Shahbaz Sharif instead of holding meetings at Chief Minister Secretariat should visit the wheat procurement centres to take action against the responsible if he sincerely desire to solve the issue. 40pc budget for Southern Punjab demanded Opposition will not accept the upcoming budget if 40 per cent funds will not be allocated for southern Punjab. These views were expressed by opposition members of Punjab Assembly in a statement issued on Monday. The members including Mohsin Leghari, Muhammad Yar Hiraj and Main Shafi said that opposition would also stage protests if 40 per cent funds would not be allocated for southern Punjab in the upcoming budget. They said that people of south Punjab want funds for their areas on the basis of equality and not charity, as southern parts of the province command equal rights regarding the funds of Punjab. They demanded that provincial government should adopt the formula of NFC Award for allocating funds to all the districts of the province.