LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar called on President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi at the Governor’s House on Thursday. He brought him up to date on the law and order situation of the province and progress on public welfare projects.
He also informed the president about the arrest of the alleged serial killer involved in the murder of four children in Chunian. He assured all efforts were being made to overcome such tragedies in future. The CM further spoke about the salient features of the “Naya Pakistan Manzilain Aasan” programme which aims to improve roads infrastructure and anti-dengue measures. Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Naeemul Haq was also present on the occasion.
Buzdar said anti-dengue measures had been taken on an emergent basis and an emergency was imposed in Rawalpindi, while he was personally monitoring progress regularly. “Mobile health units have been dispatched to Rawalpindi and all dengue-related tests in government hospitals have been made free,” he informed the president.
He added that similarly, dengue tests at private labs will cost Rs90. He expressed the government’s commitment to overcoming dengue with the support of the people. The CM also apprised the president about the arrest of the serial killer involved in the Chunian murder case and the subsequent progress in this regard. He added that police and other line departments investigated the crime in a scientific manner. “The case is being run in the Anti-Terrorism Court and the prosecutor general has been directed to personally pursue the case,: he added. Buzdar said effective legislation will be introduced to stop child abuse in future and the punishment will be made stricter.
Buzdar said that the annual development programme is being implemented in an accelerated manner. He said that 1,500km-long rural roads are being carpeted under the “Naya Pakistan Manzilain Aasan” programme and an amount of Rs.15 billion will be spent on it.
The CM continued that the first phase of this programme will be completed in December this year and will continue next year to repair and construct more roads in rural areas. He further stated that the welfare of the public is the only agenda of the government and added that many revolutionary programmes had been started for the rehabilitation of deprived segments of society.
Later, President Alvi addressed the Pakistan Dental Association’s Conference and a Kashmir Conference at Alhamrah Hall and highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to counter Indian atrocities at international forums.
Meanwhile, President Arif Alvi said that Pakistan was a peaceful country and its people wanted peace in the region. He said that on the other hand, there was a hostile attitude on the other side of the border.
The president issued this statement as he was addressing the inaugural session of the 1st UHS International Dental Conference, organised by the University of Health Sciences at the Expo Centre. The president said that Pakistani people followed the principles of peace and hospitality. “Everyone here talks about peace in the region,” he added.
Congratulating the university on holding the conference, he said a lot of work was needed in the health sector of Pakistan, especially in the field of dentistry in Pakistan.
The president said Prime Minister Imran Khan was an example of service to people. “Nations start building themselves when they start thinking of uplifting the weak and poor people of society,” he added.
Earlier, the president laid the foundation of the Global Grand Dental Health and Education Alliance and was nominated the first chairman of the alliance. Later, he inaugurated a dental exhibition at the centre.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza, Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid, ministers, vice-chancellors of several universities and a number of students attended the inaugural session.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2019.