Shehbaz urges joint efforts for economic freedom

LAHORE –  Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has asked people from every walk of life to pool efforts to give Pakistan economic independence and rid it of status of a client state.

“Pakistani people, especially the youth, have immense potential to deliver; they just need to be empowered and encouraged. We need a new social contract wherein everyone shares his effort to rebuild the nation,” the chief minister said while speaking to a high-profile audience, including foreign diplomats, at a ceremony arranged by the Punjab government at the Expo Centre to mark the birthday of the Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on Saturday.

Songs and performances on the occasion depicted Jinnah’s struggle for independence of Pakistan and his vision. The chief minister laid stress on shared efforts for progress of Pakistan and achievement of cherished goals for which thousands of people had laid down their lives.

He said “we divided India for the sake of a united Pakistan, which was nowhere today. We need to search our souls for this failure and the answer is needed particularly from those who got power in this country”.

He said the Quaid had never dreamt of Pakistan as a client state. “We got opportunities to make the country great, but failed to avail them. He said we need to become a sovereign state in true sense. To achieve that end, he said, we need to look inward and not outward,” he said.

Shehbaz said Pakistan came into being after great sacrifices and hardships. “It cost us a river of blood. Hundreds of thousands of people left all their belongings and holdings in India and migrated to Pakistan in the hope that they will start a new life in the country where merit and hard work will be order of the day.

CM tells police to foil ‘enemy’s evil designs’

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday presided over a high level meeting to review the law and order situation in the province ahead of Quaid-e-Azam Day and Christmas tomorrow.

He directed the authorities to ensure foolproof security on Quaid-e-Azam Day and Christmas to protect lives and properties of people. He said the security plan for the Quaid-e-Azam Day and Christmas should be implemented strictly. He said that protection of life and property of people was top priority of the government. He said that special attention should be paid to security of churches, markets, bazaars and parks. He said that deployment of police force could be increased if needed. He said the enemy wanted to create unrest in the country and “we should remain alert to foil evil designs of the enemy”. He said effective monitoring of the security plan for the Quaid-e-Azam Day and Christmas should be ensured. He said police officers should stay in the field and take every possible step to protect people’s lives and properties.

Also, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the terrorist attack in Mohmand Agency from Afghanistan. He expressed grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of three security officials and offered his condolences to their families. He said the martyred security officials sacrificed their lives for the motherland. He said those who sacrifice their lives for the motherland are heroes and the nation is proud of them.



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