LAHORE - Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership’s threatening call for suspension of power supply to Punjab from Tarbela Dam is tantamount to enmity with the nation.

Talking to a delegation of PML-N legislators here on Monday, Punjab chief minister said had any minister of his cabinet issued such a statement, he would have shut him up. He said Pakistan needed unity and harmony among provinces at this stage rather than dissension. He said those promoting parochial differences were doing no service to Pakistan.

The chief minister said that the talk of suspending supply of electricity to Punjab from Tarbela was totally against national interest. He said those making such comments in the prevailing circumstances, were trying to create differences between the provinces. Shahbaz said Pakistan belonged to all of its citizens and the founding father of the country had rendered innumerable sacrifices for its creation. Shahbaz said the statement of Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan about civil disobedience had exposed his designs and it was an evil conspiracy to destroy national economy.

The chief minister said that he had been pointing out from the day one that the real target of long march was to damage national economy and development programmes of Muslim League-N government. He said only enemies of Pakistan could be happy over the statement regarding civil disobedience. He said it was not the ‘biggest announcement’ of Imran’s life but his biggest U-turn and the whole nation had unanimously rejected the call for civil disobedience as it was totally illegal and unconstitutional. He said the fate of Imran’s announcement of civil disobedience would not be different from that of his long march and sit-in. Shahbaz said time had proved that it was through dialogue and not deadline and ultimatum that issues were resolved in politics.

SHAHBAZ FELICITATES ASFANDYAR ON

ELECTION AS ANP PRESIDENT

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has congratulated Asfandyar Wali over his unopposed election as Central President of Awami National Party (ANP).

In his message of felicitation, the chief minister said that Asfandyar Wali and his family had rendered commendable services for democracy and stability of democratic system.

He said ANP had always struggled for promotion of democratic values in Pakistan. He said he highly valued the efforts of ANP and its leadership for strengthening democratic system in the country. The chief minister also congratulated Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour on his election as Senior Vice President, Mian Iftikhar Hussain as Central General Secretary and Zahid Khan as Secretary Information ANP.