DERA GHAZI KHAN/MIANWALI Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said if new provinces are needed in Punjab, the possibility of creating news provinces in Sindh should also be looked into. Talking to reporters after laying the foundation of a Daanish School for the poor but talented students of the area (DG Khan) on Sunday, he said Karachi can be given the status of a province. He, however, added the PML-N would come up with a comprehensive policy on the subject after the return of Mian Nawaz Sharif. The PML-N chief has been in London for the past few weeks, where he underwent heart surgery and has fully recovered. He is expected to come back during the current week, subject to medical advice. The PML-N has been consistently saying that there is no harm in carving out new provinces on administrative grounds. However, the party says it opposes setting up new units on linguistic or ethnic basis. About the PPP-PML-Q alliance, for which efforts are at the final stage purportedly, the chief minister said his party had nothing to do with them. He refused to offer comment on a recent statement made by PML-N MNA Javed Hashmi that the Sharif brothers should apologise to the nation for cooperating with Gen Zia and striking a deal with Gen Musharraf for going into exile at the end of 2000. Senior Adviser Sirdar Zulfikar Ali Khan Khosa, Punjab government spokesman Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja, Dost Muhammad Khosa, Saifuddin Khosa, PML-N leader Inamullah Khan Niazi and local leaders and bureaucrats were present at the ceremony. The Daanish School will be set up on 100 acres. Of this, 65 acres will be used for resource generation. Another 1,500 kanal will also be given to the school for the same purpose. Clad in shalwar kameez, the chief minister expressed serious concern over the drone attacks, as a result of which hundreds of innocent people have been killed. These attacks are promoting terrorism. He said Pakistan would not be able to have the attacks stopped as long as it was getting financial assistance from the United States. He underlined the need for self-reliance for the country to be able to stop the attacks. Mian Shahbaz Sharif also said the nation should get united against such provocative moves, or the country could be deprived of its nuclear programme. He said it was regrettable that a nuclear Pakistan at the same time was also a beggar state and was compelled to seek assistance from other countries. We dont want to fight against any other country. We have to get united. The country has engineers, scientists and doctors who can do wonders. All we lack is commitment. The chief minister said with a firm resolve the nation could solve all its problems. He said the firepower being unleashed by drones could not uproot militancy and extremism. These menaces, he said, could be dealt with by providing health, education and justice to the people. Referring to the destruction caused by the unprecedented floods last year, the chief minister said they had deprived the people of all their belongings. But the very same people would be happy now when their children would be studying in the new chain of schools which is far better than Aitcheson College of Lahore of Lawrence College in Murree. The construction of the school would start immediately after the harvesting season. The CM also said that the construction of Medical College at Dera Ghazi Khan will start next month while classes would commence from the next academic session. Sirdar Zulfikar Ali Khan Khosa thanked the chief minister for paying special attention to the backward region of the province. The school is being constructed at least 15 kilometres away from the city, on the Indus Highway, Taunsa Sharif bypass. Separately, addressing the stone-laying ceremony of a Daanish School at Harnoli, Tehsil Piplan, Mianwali, on Sunday, the Punjab CM said increasing drone attacks have deteriorated the situation and terrorism has increased instead of decreasing. Pakistan is heading towards destruction due to increasing drone attacks, Shahbaz Sharif said. The CM said the Quaid created Pakistan for Islam, not for terrorism and if we wanted to see Pakistan a developed country, then we have to take China as a role model, and for this purpose we have to eradicate corruption and violence from society. Pakistan being a nuclear power should adopt policy of self-reliance, breaking the begging bowl, he said, adding that the rulers have looted billions from Punjab Bank, NICL and various other departments. He said that to transform Pakistan into a prosperous and welfare state, we should adopt the preaching of the Quran and the Sunnah and bring about an educational revolution in the country. He said all modern IT facilities will be made available in Daanish schools. Welfare of the poor is our manifesto and we will fully implement our agenda, he said, adding that construction of Daanish Schools at Harnoli, Mianwali will be completed by November and we will start classes in December. MNA Humair Hayat Rokhri, Zakiya Shahnawaz, MPAs Malik Feroz Joiya Ali Haider, Noor Khan Niazi, Sana Ullah Masti Khel and Inamullah Khan Niazi also attended the ceremony. INP adds: Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that provision of quality and inexpensive education to the people is top priority of the PML-N government and Daanish Schools System is being set up for the same purpose. He said this while addressing inauguration ceremony of a Daanish School in the Rika Marri area of tehsil Jand of district Attock on Sunday. The CM said that Daanish School would be functional by February 2012.