LAHORE – Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that traders’ community is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy and has always played an important role in the country’s progress and development. He said that loadshedding has made the life of the people miserable and energy crisis has ruined the national economy.

He said that had the rulers any love for the country they would not have pushed it into darkness through their loot, plunder and extravagant spending. He said that there is a need to get rid of Ali Baba and 40 Thieves to provide relief to the poor. He was addressing a function arranged by Anjuman-e-Tajiran Ferozepur Road in a local hotel, here Tuesday. Representatives of traders’ organisations and a large number of businessmen attended the function.

The CM said that the energy crisis has made the life of the people miserable. He said that people must protest against loadshedding but should not damage public and private property. He said that no patriotic person will damage national assets but some mischievous elements have entered in the ranks of people on the pretext of protest who should be kicked out. He said that the country would be put on the road to progress and prosperity under the able leadership of President PML-N Nawaz Sharif and every sacrifice would be made for its survival and integrity. He said that complete protection would be provided to the traders.

President Anjuman-e-Tajran Pakistan Abdul Mannan and President Anjuman-e-Tajiran Ferozepur Road Mahboob Ali Sirki thanked Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for protecting the business interests of the traders of Ferozepur Road during construction of Kalma Chowk and Muslim Town flyovers. MPA Hafiz Mian Muhammad Nauman also addressed the function.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that education is only means to salvage the nation from poverty, deprivations and darkness. He said that menace of terrorism can also be countered through education as knowledge is more powerful than bullet.  Keeping in view the importance of education, he said, the Punjab government is attaching top priority to the promotion of education in the province and has taken revolutionary measures for this purpose.