LAHORE / SAHIWAL: Pointing to a black ribbon tied on his arm, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that he will continue to wear the ribbon in protest till “chains are fastened around the necks of the thieves”.
Addressing a rally in Sahiwal in protest against loadshedding, Sharif called on President Asif Ali Zardari to bring back all the “looted money from Switzerland, and money looted through other scams,” and use it to produce electricity in the country.
“A journalist once asked me: You’re the Khaadim-e-Aala, you’re the Punjab chief minister, who are you going to stand for? I said: This isn’t even a question. Of course, I’m with those who have been looted.”
Sharif further vowed to the people that he will stand by their side till his last breath.
People want electricity, not democracy: Shahbaz Sharif
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday that the people of Pakistan want electricity, not democracy from the government, reported Express News.
Sharif, during his second visit to his camp office at Minar-e-Pakistan, said that the circular debt worth Rs100 billion, the leaders’ corruption and the written-off loans were behind the ongoing energy crisis in the country.
If this money comes back, then 4,000MW electricity will be added to the grid within a day, Sharif added.
“I believe that protests are the right of the people. I’m standing with these people and I’ll even leave the government for them,” Sharif stated, saying it was decision of his party and its leadership.
“People are dying of hunger, and they [government] are busy looting. They are even ridiculing the judiciary.”
Sharif further announced fixing generators with tube wells to deal with the water shortage in the province.
The Punjab chief minister, joining protests against loadshedding, shifted his office to the Minar-e-Pakistan ground on Friday.
Correction: An earlier headline and copy of this article incorrectly stated that Sharif will continue protest till thieves are ‘not chained’ instead of ‘chained’. The correction has been made.