LAHORE: Millions of people laid down their lives for creation of Pakistan but souls of the martyrs are still waiting for the country to become Pakistan of Quaid and Iqbal in the real sense, Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif said yesterday.

"Today, unity has shattered and everyone wants to impose his belief upon others which is against the teachings of our founding fathers," the CM said while addressing a special function at Hazoori Bagh on Independence Day. "The nation also needs a leader today who could eliminate corruption, ignorance, poverty, disparity between the rich and the poor and plunder of national resources from the country and make such Pakistan where there is no difference between the elite and the common man and this is the real objective of creating Pakistan," Shehbaz remarked.–Staff Reporter

He also offered his prayers and sympathies to the bereaved families of Quetta martyrs.

However, the CM stated that there was no room for disappointment which will be eliminated through unity.

Taking on the military dictators, he further admitted that the political governments also did not discharge their responsibilities efficiently.

“We will have to move forward after learning a lesson from past mistakes and only then, Pakistan will achieve its lost status in the comity of nations.”

Shehbaz Sharif said that we would have to become economically strong with our hard work and act, not slogans. “We will have to pledge not to allow anyone commit corruption and rob national resources and for it, we will have to work round the clock.”

Counsel Generals of China and Iran, provincial ministers, elected representatives, senior civil and military officers and people from different walks of life were present on the occasion.