LAHORE – The last meeting of the Punjab Cabinet on Monday decided to set up Lahore High Court Benches in another five cities of the province and send an advice in this regard to the Punjab governor. The benches will be set up in Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Gujranwala and DG Khan.

The meeting presided over by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also gave approval to the Freedom of Information Act of 2012, recognising the right of every citizen to the access of information of public record.

The meeting approved the guidelines for Women Protection Policy to prevent the domestic torture. A decision was also taken to the effect of seeking prior approval from the Punjab Cabinet before leasing out public property. And that it will also be made sure that the charity institution used the land given on lease for the very purpose it has allotted.

The meeting decided to cancel lease of the land if that was found being used for the purpose other than it was acquired.

It was also attended by Senior Adviser Sirdar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa, provincial ministers, advisers, special assistants, Punjab chief secretary and other officials.

The meeting condemned Badami Bagh incident and expressed complete solidarity with the Christian families whose houses were burnt. It decided to initiate the rehabilitation and reconstruction work on war footings so that the dislodged people could come back to normal life at the earliest. 

The cabinet meeting held that an advice to the Punjab governor on establishing five more Benches of Lahore High Court in the province would be sent requiring the former to initiate formal process of consultation with the Chief Justice, LHC, in this regard.

As to the approval of Freedom of Information Act, the meeting observed that access to information will improve performance of the government and make it delver to the public needs.

Addressing the meeting the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the five years performance of his government was before the people who were the best judge. He said he was much satisfied after completing the tenure during which his whole time was dedicated to the public service.

“Transparency and fairness have been the hallmark of the Punjab government. The public resources are purely spent on the people and their welfare considering them a trust of the people,” the CM held.

Speaking on terrorism, extremism and sectarianism, the chief minister laid stress on making more efforts to curb these menace. He said no progress was possible without tooting out these evils therefore deep attention if required to stem them out.

The chief minister also laid stress on making the system of accountability more stiff if the country had to be taken forward and purge of corruption. He also highlighted the need for self accountability and said if that was adopted many problems could be addressed.

Shahbaz said we worked for the people welfare but the journey had not come to and end and much more was needed to provide comfort of the life to the masses for which he was quite determined.

He said people rest great hopes on the PML-N which also poised to serve them selflessly. He said the destination was way and the path was difficult but they had to move on with commitment and braving all challenges.  He said we have to realise the dream of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal which they saw to make Pakistan progressive, forward looking, peaceful and a country based in the principles of Islam.

The cabinet members appreciated the efforts of the chief minister in the office.