LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has assured Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar that the Punjab government would extend its cooperation to solve the problems of the people of Karachi and work for the uplift of the metropolis if given an opportunity.
In a meeting on Friday, the chief minister said Karachi was the economic hub of the country and provided lots of opportunities for investment. “I am saddened to see the dreadful conditions of Karachi during my recent visit. Seeing piles of filth and trash everywhere is very painful. If an opportunity is accorded and people choose us to serve them in the next elections, then the latest infrastructure would be developed in Karachi and other parts of Sindh,” he said.
Shehbaz said the PML-N government was pursuing the agenda of public service and the promise of elimination of energy crisis has been fulfilled while strenuous efforts were being made to eliminate the menace of terrorism.
“The results of our efforts have materialised in the shape of improvements in economic growth,” he said. “The peace in Karachi is the result of the commitment of PML-N.”
“We are ready to extend our cooperation in any field including health and education sectors,” he said.
Waseem Akhtar lauded the Punjab government for adopting durable steps for public welfare and added that Karachi required many years to achieve the standard of development attained by Punjab. “The hospitals in Lahore are a wonderful example of efficient administration. The people of Lahore are lucky to have a chief minister like Shehbaz Sharif.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2018.