LAHORE - PML-Q Punjab President Ch Parvaiz Elahi has said that present regime is breaking all past records of price hike, lawlessness and unemployment.  He said no programme could be successful if intention was not right.

Talking to PML leaders and workers on Tuesday, Ch Parvaiz Elahi said the people knew that they were being benefited only through such welfare projects and programmes which were launched and successfully completed first time in the history of Punjab and Pakistan during his tenure. He said peaceful and prosperous Punjab of his tenure had now become tribal area where law and order situation was poor.

Expressing great concern over prevailing state of lawlessness in the province, Parvez said today traders and businessmen were the most unsafe segment of society and their lives and property were not safe from dacoits. He said institution of police had become ineffective.

Parvez visited residences of former member of Azad Kashmir Assembly Haji Shafi and PML leader Shaikh Pervaiz Azmat in Gujrat on Monday to condole their demise. Afterwards, he visited the residence of Nauman Aslam Gondal and expressed heartfelt regrets to him over a dacoity incident. He also visited residence of Malik Zulfiqar Awan and congratulated him over marriage of his daughter.

Meanwhile, PML-Q leader Basharat Raja has said that government’s invitation to the opposition for negotiations over election petitions pending in the courts amounted to direct intervention in the judicial system.

He said government by getting the decisions bypassing the election tribunals wanted to create an impression that the courts were in their pockets. He said judiciary should take notice of it and issue directions to the Election Tribunals to announce verdicts in the election petitions without any further delay.

Reacting over Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan’s invitation to the opposition regarding election petitions, Muhammad Basharat Raja said, in a statement, that the government had made three different offers from time to time over the rigging issue. He said first the government talked about setting up of a parliamentary committee, then it said that Nadra would be placed under the control of the Election Commission and now the opposition was being cheated through negotiations out of courts. He said from this entire situation it was clear that the matter was serious and it was fishy as well because of which the government was afraid of final verdicts in this regard.