LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday national progress and development would not be possible without elimination of terrorism, stressing the need for unity and religious harmony to foil the nefarious designs of anti-Pakistan elements. Talking to a delegation of Ulema led by Jamia Naeemia chief Allama Raghib Hussain Naeemi, the chief minister said that Pakistan was passing through the most critical phase of its history and facing challenges of terrorism and extremism. The chief minister said that the enemies were bent upon destabilising Pakistan, adding that terrorism had not only destroyed civic peace but also left a negative impact on the national economy. He said that security of life and property was essential for investment and promotion of trade and industrial activities. Shahbaz observed that there was a need for forgetting petty differences and forging unity so as to ensure peace and progress in the country. He also said that 'Ulema and Mashaikh had always played a key role for the promotion of religious harmony and tolerance and their responsibilities had further increased in the present situation. Later, Allama Raghib assured the chief minister that religious scholars would spare no efforts for foiling the evil designs of the enemy and for restoring peace in the society. He added that they would continue to extend all-out cooperation to ensure law and order in the country. Afterwards, the chief minister presided over a meeting about Daanish schools. The meeting was attended among others by Senior Advisor to the CM Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, MNA Mir Dost Muhammad Mazari, MPAs Rana Muhammad Afzal, Sardar Atif Hussain Khan Mazari, Sardar Atif Hussain Khan Gorchani and the chief secretary. Shahbaz said the project of Daanish schools had been started for providing modern educational facilities for poor students of backward areas. He added that the project would help not only eliminate terrorism, poverty and ignorance but also realise the dream of backward areas students to have quality education. Chairing a meeting regarding Aashiyana Housing Scheme at his secretariat, the chief minister said the credit for realising the dream of the low-income people to have their own house went to Pakistan Muslim League-N as it had started the housing project in Punjab province. He maintained that after Lahore, work on Aashiyana housing schemes would start in Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sahiwal and Jehlum next month. The chief minister said that housing schemes, equipped with modern residential facilities, had been started by the government first time in the countrys history for the benefit the poor. He said that the residents of Aashiyana Housing Schemes would be facilitated on the pattern of modern housing societies of elite class. He said that transparency in the execution of development projects was the hallmark of the Punjab government, adding that theses housing schemes would be completed in a highly transparent manner. Shahbaz said that no compromise would be made on quality construction and he would personally supervise these housing schemes. He maintained that quota had also been allocated for widows, orphans, disabled and the families of the martyrs in Aashiyana Housing Scheme whereas all the houses would be allotted through transparent balloting. The CM said that construction work was underway on the first Aashiyana Housing Scheme at Attari in the provincial capital and balloting would be held on May 1st for the allotment of these houses. He said that Aashiyana housing project in Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal and Jehlum had been approved and construction work would be started in these districts in the next month. He directed the officers concerned to leave no stone unturned to ensure timely and quality completion of this project. The Punjab Land Development Company chairman and MPAs Sheikh Alauddin, Imran Nazir, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries of Housing and Finance departments, the district coordination officers of Sargodha, Sahiwal, Faisalabad and Jehlum were also present. Separately, the chief minister met with Punjab Assembly members belonging to various districts and talked about the ongoing development projects and the problems of their respective area. Shahbaz told them that service to the people and raising their living standard was the agenda of his government. He said a comprehensive strategy was being implemented for speedy development of the province and provision of basic amenities for the masses. He urged them to maintain a close contact with people for the solution to their problems and spare no efforts in ensuring that the benefits of development projects should reach the masses. Those met with the chief minister included Malik Ali Abbas Khokhar, Chaudhry Raza Nasrullah Ghuman, Muhammad Munawar Ahmed Gul, Mian Muhammad Kazim Ali Pirzada, Ilyas Chinioti and Chaudhry Mumtaz Ahmed Jajja.