LAHORE  - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that sit-ins have caused serious economic setback to the country. He said that untimely sit-ins have hampered the progress of the country. He said that those involved in sit-ins have no interest in the development and progress of Pakistan and its 18 crore people.

He expressed these views while addressing a meeting of PML-N legislators from Gujranwala division. The meeting reviewed development projects, administrative affairs of party and political situation.

The chief minister said that the stubbornness of those engaged in sit-ins has caused irreparable loss to national economy and the nation will never forgive them.

He said that those staging sit-ins have not only hampered the development of the country but also done open enmity with the nation and the country.

“The country will be steered out of the quagmire of problems through hard work and struggle under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and expressed the hope that it will again be put on the road to progress,” he held.  He said that the recent flood had caused great loss of cattle, houses and crops in Punjab besides lakhs of people had become homeless and thousands had been deprived of their means of livelihood. He said that first phase of distribution of financial assistance among flood affectees had been completed successfully and the second phase was being started from October 20 for which arrangements are being given a final shape.

He said that Overseas Pakistani Commission will start work within one month for resolving the issues of overseas Pakistanis. He said that reforms are being brought in police system for changing Thana culture. He said that self-accountability system is of utmost importance from upper to lower level. He said that the existing system should deliver according to the aspirations of the people.

He said that public representatives should discharge their responsibilities for provision of justice and checking price-hike. He said that no effort will be spared for the achievement of development targets. He said that monitoring system at district level is very necessary for the provision of best facilities to the people and field officers should perform their duties efficiently.