PESHAWAR - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan Friday said that after ban on Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s pictures in public advertisements, development in Punjab had come to an end at once as it was only limited to advertisements.

Addressing a youth assembly in Peshawar, the PTI chairman said some people were linking development to bridges and roads, but spending on human development was the real development, which ultimately brought prosperity and change in the overall structure of a society.

He stated former premier Nawaz Sharif was introduced in politics by General Ziaul Haq, but today he was complaining of external interference in political matters. He also ridiculed the claims of Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari that the party leadership was pursuing the policies of former premier Benazir Bhutto.

He questioned Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who had not worked for a single minute how he could rule the country, adding tthose who could not face troubles in life could not become successful leaders. He termed Bacha Khan and Mufti Mahmood great leaders who worked hard for noble causes.

Imran Khan said he was proud that performance of health, education and police departments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was far better as compared to that in the other provinces. He added politicians were lining to join PTI.

The PTI chairman said previous governments had destroyed state institutions and recruited their own people who were not able to run their departments. H vowed PTI would recruit employees purely on merit to bring a revolution in the state affairs. He announced his party would bring such a system under which the children of the poor would get better education and earn a good name for the country.

Commenting upon the importance of education, he said no nation could progress without it. He revealed when PTI began its reign in KP, there were only 160 computer labs, but at present there are 1,300 IT labs in the province while 100,000 students switched to government schools from private schools.

He urged students not to limit their thinking, but widen their minds for the betterment of the nation. He said introducing reforms in hospitals was a difficult task as some people were pursuing self-interest.

Reforms in hospitals took time, but now improvement can be witnessed in public-sector hospitals, he claimed.

He underlined the importance of justice and supremacy of merit, saying the societies adopting merit would progress. He also praised the KP government’s employment scheme for youth and said they would bring 100 percent increase in the budget to empower the youth of the country.

The PTI chief also attended a meeting in the Chief Minister House where he was briefed by the secretaries of various departments regarding performance of the government.