Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has stressed the need of holding fresh general elections immediately to resolve the ongoing energy crisis, corruption, and other issues facing the country. He said that due to loadshedding, everyone is worried, whereas the federal government has lost confidence of the masses due to accusations and cases of corruption against the ruling politicians. Expressing his views on different issues during his special interview to a well-known international newspaper “The Gulf News”, the Chief Minister said that his party had supported the government of Peoples’ Party in the center with sincere intentions, however, this could not last as Asif Zardari did not fulfill his promises. He said, ‘We cannot close our eyes to corruption and inefficiency of the federal government, therefore we are pressurizing the federal government to hold immediate elections’. Answering a question about establishment of new provinces, the Chief Minister said that Pakistan Muslim League-N is in favour of new provinces and have approved a resolution in this regard in Punjab Assembly asking the federal government to set up a national commission. However, the Chief Minister said, PML-N is against setting up new provinces on linguistic and racial basis. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that PPP is using the division of Punjab as a stunt to win elections in Punjab, which does not behove a political party. He said his party is also against the division of Sindh, as it would negatively affect its administrative capacity. However, he hoped, the proposed national commission would make recommendations for setting up new provinces in Khybar Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, South Punjab, besides restoring Bahawalpur as a separate administrative unit. Answering a question regarding residential facilities, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif pointed out that the cost of land has gone way above the paying capacity of the common man, therefore, Punjab government has initiated Aashiyana housing scheme, so that citizens could be provided constructed houses, on subsidized rates, through transparent balloting while this scheme would also be expanded to the whole province. Answering a question about Daanish schools, the Chief Minister said that there is an extensive system of public schools in existence in Punjab, with an annual budget of more than Rs.100 billion, whereas the annual budget of Daanish schools is less than even half a billion rupees. The Chief Minister said that the Daanish schools are not a rival system to the government schools, but is aimed at provision of top notch academic facilities to the students, belonging to the deprived segment of the society, to enable them to better their socio-economic condition. He said that very few people know that the expenditure of students studying in Daanish schools is even less than that in a government school.