Despite passage of 67 years since the independence, half of the country’s population has no access to clean drinking water while 23 million children are deprived of school education, former Punjab governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said.

Talking to the media in Main Channu here the other day, the PTI organiser said that it is estimated that about 200,000 children in Pakistan die every year of diarrheal diseases alone, according to a report of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR).

Sarwar said that the Punjab government is spending heavy amounts on it publicity but could not provide adequate basic facilities such as, potable water, hospitals, medicines and education to the citizens.

He claimed that the successive government have failed to resolve problems of people on priority over the past 30 years.

He criticised the PML-N government for raising petroleum prices and demanded it refrain from anti-people policies.

“I will live and die in Pakistan, and serve my country whole-heartedly,” Ch Sarwar declared.

He said that the rulers did nothing for the betterment of the people and now everyone is looking forward towards Imran Khan to bring a change in the country.

He said that prices of gas, petrol and electricity are now beyond the reach of the common man. He hoped that the youth would use the power of vote to change the rotten system in the country and PTI, after coming into power, would solve all the problems, which the people faced for the past 60 years.

He also congratulated PTI candidates who won local bodies’ election.

Earlier, a large number of PTI workers warmly welcomed him and showered flower petals on him on his arrival in Main Channu.

PTI District President Syed Iyaz Gillani, Tayyab Chaudhry and Nasir Raza along with dozens of workers were also present on the occasion.