LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the government is determined to change destiny of the country by ridding the motherland of injustices, corruption and energy problems.

He was addressing a special function in connection with Independence Day at Hazoori Bagh, on Friday. “Poverty, unemployment and illiteracy are not our destiny. By acting upon the golden principle of honesty, hard work, and continuous struggle the country will be transformed into accordance with the ideals of Quaid and Iqbal,” he added.

The chief minister added that people would be served round the clock and a dignified place would be ensured for the country in the comity of nations and Pakistan would be made a strong and prosperous country.

“It is a difficult task but not impossible, however, instead of speeches and slogans, practical measures will have to be adopted. National objectives will be achieved by acting upon the teachings of Islam. Independence Day is the day of promotion of national unity and solidarity,” the CM held.

He said that even the worst opponents talk of promotion of brotherhood but unfortunately last year the elements indulging in politics of protest and sit-ins tried to divide the nation and created hurdles in the process of development.

He said that the PML-N government again embarked on the journey to bring the country out of darkness and put it on the road to progress and prosperity. He said that work was being carried out speedily on energy projects of billions of rupees in the country.

Shahbaz Sharif said that: “We have also hoisted the biggest flag of Pakistan’s history on Lahore Fort but we should also consider how much we have honoured the national flag, principles of Quaid and Iqbal, the dynamic leadership of Pakistan Movement and sacrifices of lakhs of Muslims.

He said that scourge of corruption, bribery and nepotism is still in the country. He said that on this day, we will also have to review how much leaders, elite, and the nation have fulfilled the promises made on Independence Day every year.

“Country is facing serious problems like terrorism and extremism. Pak army, police and officers and jawans of all law enforcement agencies and other segments of the society have made sacrifices in the war against terrorism. Political and military leadership are on one page against terrorism,” the CM maintained.

Shahbaz Sharif said that besides war against terrorism and extremism, we would also have to fight against illiteracy, injustices, corruption and nepotism and ensure provision of health, education and other basic facilities to the masses.

The chief minister said it was lamentable that those who had earned billions and trillions of rupees from Pakistan were investing their money abroad.

Referring to Kasur incident, the chief minister said that a transparent inquiry was being conducted into the matter and the investigation team is present in Kasur even on Independence Day and carrying out investigation. He said that as a result of transparent inquiry, facts would be disclosed.

He said that the persons involved will be given due punishment but the matter should not be politicised as it is against the demands of justice. He said that truth would be revealed and the culprits would be awarded deterrent punishment under the law.