LAHORE - PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said on Thursday reconciliation between party patron Nawaz Sharif and senior leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was necessary.

"Chaudhry Nisar is still a friend and I will issue a party ticket to him as president of the Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N),” Shehbaz said while speaking at an event in Jhelum.

The Punjab chief minister said that he could not disclose at the time the differences between Nawaz and Nisar. He said that senior party leaders were making serious efforts to end the differences between Nawaz and Nisar.

Last month, Nisar announced contesting the upcoming election in the NA-59 constituency. The veteran politician made the announcement to contest the election in PP-10 and PP-14 constituencies.

Also, Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated a pathology lab, first OPD block and hepatitis filter clinic at the District Headquarters Hospital in Jhelum.

After the inauguration, he prayed for success of new initiatives and announced that foundation stone of a new hospital will be laid immediately after the elections of 2018 if his party wins the next general elections. This hospital will be completed in a span of one year with Punjab Speed, he added. He said that hospitals have been totally transformed in Punjab.

Talking to media men on the occasion, the chief minister said that pathology tests will be done free of cost at all outdoor departments of hospitals in Punjab and fee will be paid by the Punjab government. At the DHQ Hospital Jhelum, the facility of medical tests will be provided through Islamabad Diagnostic Centre, he said.

The chief minister said that real revolution has been brought about in the healthcare sector and culture of public sector hospitals has been totally changed. Now, patients are getting quality medicines free of cost at government-run hospitals. He said that DHQ Hospital Jhelum has been totally revamped and CT scan machine will be installed here within a week to provide round-the-clock facility to patients. The Punjab government has spread a network of CT scan machines in the province and the culture of asking the patients to conduct their CT scans from outside has been done away with. This is the service which we have done for the ailing humanity, he added. He said that revolutionary steps in the health sector are satisfying but the journey is long and it has to be completed with unified efforts. He said that incinerators are being installed at government hospitals to dispose of hospital waste. French and UK made plants have been set up at 15 DHQ hospitals and their installation at other district hospitals is in progress speedily, he said. An incineration plant will be set up at DHQ Hospital Jhelum in August, he said. He said that health projects have been completed with Punjab Speed and this passion has been transformed to Pakistan Speed now.

The chief minister invited the PTI and Pakistan People’s Party leadership to come here for learning about serving the ailing humanity and how hospitals are established. “We will tell them what honesty, hard work and trust are,” he said. “Different countries have left us behind by following these golden principles and we have to work very hard so that Pakistan could gain a position of respect and honour in the comity of nations,” the chief minister concluded.