LAHORE - Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the politicians who are staging sit-ins are the “enemy of national progress”.

A handout cited the CM as saying: “Politics of protests is poison for development of the country and the nation, and those who are doing politics of sit-ins are not the enemy of my government, but of the progress of the nation.”

Talking to PML-N legislators at a meeting Saturday, Shehbaz said: “The sit-in group has done nothing. They have been wasting time of people for the last four and a half years. These elements are afraid of speedy progress of the country. These elements have not served their people in their province and now they are ashamed.”

He said, “The PML-N believes in democracy and public service, and in coming elections, sit-in elements will face defeat once again. The PML-N is doing the politics of economic uplift and public prosperity, and those doing politics of sit-ins are multiplying sufferings of the people. “

He continued : “Unrest of these elements is increasing due to speedy progress of the country and now these elements are making last ditch efforts to save their sinking boats. The people have rejected political dramas of such elements because they are enemies of progress.

“The sit-in group has broken all records of hurling abuses and allegations, but we will answer them through public service. these  people will remain opposing development, but we will keep serving the people.”

Indian aggression condemned

Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has condemned in strongest term sun provoked firing by Indian forces at various sectors of the Sialkot Working Boundary. He expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of human lives in the firing by Indian forces and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. The chief minister prayed for early recovery of the injured and directed the administration to provide all possible medical facilities to the injured persons.

He said special relief camps will be set up for the people who have migrated due to Indian shelling. He said the administration and the concerning departments will look after the migrated people. He said Pakistani brave forces are capable of giving befitting reply to the Indian aggression. He said India should have no misperception and it should be clear that the Pakistan nation is standing shoulder to shoulder with the army.

Special body on Orange Line meets

Justice (r) Sayed Zahid Hussain chaired a meeting of special committee on Saturday to review implementation of apex court directions while executing construction of Orange Line. Members of the committee, experts and representatives of LDA, NESPAK and Archaeology Department attended the meeting.

The Chairman reviewed the progress of work and enquired from the members the measures adopted by the executing agency for the safety & stability of the monuments. The Director General of Archaeology briefed about the steps taken by the LDA, NESPAK and Archaeology in the light of the previous meeting of the committee.

The Director General, Chief Engineer, LDA and Managing Director NESPAK briefed the committee regarding the progress on OLMTP from Dera Gujran to Ali Town and precautionary measures adopted in the close vicinity of historical sites and monuments. They said that sound and vibration collected from various monuments were within permissible limits.