FAISALABAD - Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan said on Monday that the protests held by the PTI and the Pakistan Awami Tehrik were aimed at saving general (r) Pervez Musharraf who is facing various cases, including trial under Article 6 of the Constitution for imposing emergency on Nov 3, 2007.

“Pervez Musharraf is facing high treason case in the country while the activities of Dr Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan seem to have a connection with Musharraf to save the latter by diverting public attention toward other issues,” said the minister inaugurating Traffic Engineering and Planning Unit at the office of the Faisalabad Development Authority. The unit is aimed to improve traffic management system on technical and scientific grounds in Faisalabad city.

Talking to newsmen, he said that the opponents should let the democratically elected government work according to the Constitution. After the inauguration, the minister said that the Punjab government was especially focusing the provision of advance civic facilities in the big cities of the province in order to meet the future needs and challenges under the vision of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.

He said that the government had initiated special development programme for completing mega projects of roads, education, health and sports. He said that the Traffic Engineering and Planning Unit was a dire need of the city for improvement of existing transport network by making transportation system safe and secure and environment-friendly.

He appreciated the measures taken by the district administration and FDA for the establishment of the TEPU and said that government would provide necessary funds for making the system a success. To a question, the law minister said that seven mega projects had been proposed with the consultation of local parliamentarian and district administration to be implemented after the approval of the Punjab chief minister for development of the city as per the international standards.

Earlier, the additional director general of FDA briefed the minister about the functions of TEPU and said that traffic survey, studies of the city roads and parking lots would be conducted. Plans of traffic engineering at problematic areas such as roads, crossing and junctions would also be prepared by this unit, he said.

He added that technical professional assistance would also be provided for the other development agencies by the TEPU.

He disclosed that planning of traffic engineering at Agri University’s main gate had been prepared as a first assignment to implementing the project.

Later, the law minister also inaugurated a computer lab at Allam Iqbal Open University Regional Campus. Addressing the ceremony, he appreciated the role of the university in distance learning. Regional Director Dr Abaid Aslam during his briefing said that more than 55,000 students had been enrolled in various courses from matric to M Phil level in the region including TT Singh and Faisalabad.