LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while addressing the inaugural session of 5th International Literary Conference at Alhamra Hall on Friday said that holding of such conferences will help promote literary activities.

He expressed these views while addressing an International Conference on the topic of Beetay Huai Din Yaad Aatay Hain. Shahbaz Sharif said that it is an honour for him to attend this conference and that he is representing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said that saying something in a good manner is an art and such literary conferences play an important role in creating awareness among the youth regarding literature.

Reviving his memories in view of the topic of the conference Shahbaz Sharif told an incident of Ittefaq Cricket Club. He said that there was a match between Ittefaq Cricket Club and MAO College and Nawaz Sharif and he came as openers. He said Sajjad Hussain, who was a class fellow of Nawaz Sharif was the umpire. Shahbaz Sharif said a ball of a fast bowler of the opponent team hit him on the pad and the entire team appealed but it was rejected by the umpire despite the fact that he was out. He said when the umpire did not raise his finger, he continued to bat. In the third over of the same bowler a ball leaving the wickets, hit his pad but no one made an appeal. However this time the umpire declared him out. Shahbaz Sharif said he went to the umpire and asked him why he had given him out when he was not out and why was he was not out when there was no doubt. The umpire replied that he could do nothing as Nawaz had asked him to give this decision. The Chief Minister said that he had told this story of true love between two brothers.

Shahbaz Sharif said that when Najam Sethi became caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab, he reshuffled the entire administration before elections and such a person was appointed Home Minister in the Punjab Caretaker Cabinet who belonged to the opponent party. Similarly, Najam Sethi posted such a bureaucrat as Additional Secretary in Punjab who had been sent by him to the centre after imposition of Governor’s Rule in Punjab in 2009. The Chief Minister thanked Najam Sethi for taking these decisions; otherwise, he said there would have been two opinions about those making false propaganda of rigging in the elections. The Chief Minister referring to marriage of Ataul Haq Qasmi, Chairman Lahore Arts Council said that there are good relations between Qasmi Sahib and his family. “We used to offer prayers led by Bahaul Haq Qasmi, father of Ataul Haq Qasmi. Shahbaz Sharif in a lighter mood said that Ataul Haq Qasmi is fond of food and he starts eating without care when food is served. 

He said that Justice Retd Javed Iqbal had not become judge but he was taking part in politics. Shahbaz Sharif said that in 70s, his family had no link with politics but due to love of our family with Dr Javed Iqbal we fully supported him. As a result Dr Mubasher Hassan nationalised Ittefaq Foundry.