LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif taking a serious view of the delay in execution of Bab-e-Pakistan project despite his clear instructions given last year, has directed to accelerate pace of the work as well as expeditious completion of boy and girl schools. Expressing his fury over the inordinate delay in completion of the project, the chief minister said purpose of the project was to mark the sacrifices of the forefathers of the country in the struggle for the creation of Pakistan. As such it was of vital importance and no further delay would be tolerated. He said former rulers showed criminal negligence and the project was still incomplete despite availability of funds. Shahbaz said this during his visit to Bab-e-Pakistan at Walton Road, here Friday after reviewing pace of implementation of the work. Member National Assembly Kh Saad Rafiq, Members Provincial Assembly Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, Mian Naseer Ahmed, Muhammad Yaseen Sohal, Project Director Bab-e-Pakistan and officers concerned were present. The chief minister while speaking at a briefing said he, during his visit to Bab-e-Pakistan last year, had issued instructions for the early completion of the project but pace of work was unsatisfactorily. He said nothing could be more important than education but the boy and girl schools which are a part of the Project have also not been completed. He said while a common man is deprived of even basic amenities; there was a plan to import stone worth Rs 700 million from abroad for this project. However, he said, this process was stopped immediately and instructions were issued to use only local material. He said that Pakistan cannot afford wastage of resources and along with maintaining quality of development projects, austerity will also be ensured. He said no effort should be spared in the early completion of the project and schools should be completed on priority basis. Earlier, Project Director Brig Asif Murad gave a detailed briefing regarding the project. He said the project which was started in 2006 was to be completed in 2008. Member National Assembly Kh Saad Rafiq informed the chief minister about the causes of delay. Lawyers problems to be solved on priority basis: CM Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that no society can survive without justice; and with this view his government has made threefold increase in the salaries of judges at subordinate level to provide them financial security so that they make every effort for the provision of inexpensive and prompt justice to the people. He said that problems of lawyers community should be resolved on priority basis and the special committee headed by deputy speaker and comprising representatives of the Bar and officers of departments concerned should submit its recommendations within next 10 days in this regard. Chief minister while talking to a delegation of Lahore Bar Association led by President LBA, Sajid Bashir at Chief Ministers Secretariat, here Friday said, government was bearing an additional expenditure of one billion rupees due to increase in the salaries of subordinate judiciary which was made even without demand of the subordinate judiciary so that speedy justice could be dispensed of to the people. Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan and office-bearers of the Bar were also present on the occasion. He said that national resources should be utilised only on the welfare of the masses and now it is the responsibility of subordinate judiciary to perform its duties with honesty and commitment so that immediate relief could be provided to the people. He said that Punjab government is not spending funds on palatial buildings but is promoting the culture of austerity and utilising public money on the welfare and betterment of the masses. He said lawyers should play the due role for providing speedy and inexpensive justice to the people. He said that he is ready for the construction of a multi-storey building for the chambers of lawyers while their other demands including housing colony and medical facilities will also be considered. He said that the committee should look into the demands of lawyers and submit its recommendations within 10 days so that necessary measures could be taken. Earlier, President Lahore Bar Association, Sajid Bashir, Vice President Syed Lubna, General Secretary Qasim Hassan Buttar and other office-bearers apprised the chief minister of the problems of the Bar and lawyers.