LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that provision of clean drinking water to citizens is among top priorities of the PML-N government.

“I will not sit idle till provision of clean drinking water to every citizen of the province. Education, healthcare and development projects for public welfare are top priorities of the Punjab government,” the chief minister said while presiding over an important meeting here on Wednesday.

Shehbaz said the government pins high hopes on the programme for provision of clean water, which is not only a right but inextricably linked with healthy life of millions of Pakistanis. He said that clean drinking water projects are being completed on a priority basis in every city of the province, utilizing all capabilities and available resources. “My team and I are working day and night for this purpose,” he said, adding that high quality medicines, latest medical equipment and provision of best facilities are being ensured at every hospital of the province.

The chief minister said that a foolproof system for disposal of hospital waste will be ensured and a composite hospital waste system is being introduced at all public sector hospitals across the province, including Lahore. “I salute government officers and officials who work hard for serving the masses but will never tolerate any negligence in the public welfare projects at any level. Every person deputed to serve the masses will have to be answerable about his duties,” he said.

Provincial ministers Rana Sanaullah, Begum Zakiya Shahnawaz, Khawaja Salman Rafique, Khawaja Imran Nazir, Shaikh Allauddin, Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, chief secretary, concerned provincial secretaries and officers were also present on the occasion.


Chairman of the Turkey Pakistan Business Council Atilla D. Yerlikaya called on Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif here on Wednesday. Different matters of mutual interest, including enhancement of bilateral cooperation in health and other sectors, came under discussion.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that history of brotherly relations with Turkey is hundreds of years old and Turkish people are like brothers to Pakistanis. He said that vast opportunities of economic cooperation exist with Turkey and Turkish investment in Punjab will be warmly welcomed. He said that revolutionary changes are being introduced in health sector with Turkish technical cooperation. Similarly, bright prospects of Turkish investment exist in agriculture, industry, textile and other sectors and no hurdle will ever arise in the way of Turkish investors, he said.

Yerlikaya said, “Shehbaz is very revered and we acknowledge his leadership abilities and vision of public development. The development process under his leadership is praiseworthy.” Provincial ministers Malik Nadeem Kamran, Khawaja Salman Rafique, Khawaja Imran Nazir, Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, CEO of PBIT and others were also present on the occasion.


Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has strongly condemned the incident of firing on the vehicle of security officials on Saryab Road in Quetta. He expressed grief and condolence over the martyrdom of security officials. He said that martyred officials are our heroes and the whole nation salutes them who have sacrificed their precious lives for the motherland. He said that coward activities of terrorists cannot weaken the strong determination of Pakistani nation and terrorists are enemies of the humanity. He reiterated that this motherland will be purged of all sorts of terrorism with the power of unity.



Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited the residence of Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in Lambay Jagir, Phoolnagar, on Wednesday. He condoled the death of Rana Muhammad Nisar Khan, father of members of National Assembly Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan and Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, paternal uncle of speaker of Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan and paternal grandfather of Rana Sikandar Hayat Khan, chairman of the District Council of Kasur. He expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family and offered Fateha for the departed soul. The chief minister said that late Rana Muhammad Nisar Khan served people of the area dedicatedly and his socio-economic services will be remembered for long. He was a popular figure who will always be missed. “I am deeply saddened over his death and I pray to Almighty Allah to grant courage to all of you to bear the loss with equanimity,” concluded the chief minister.