Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday that the construction of a monument for heroes of Pakistan Movement and for its ideology was a duty and a debt.
He was presiding over a meeting to discuss the Bab-i-Pakistan project. He said the project was of great importance to highlight Pakistan’s ideology.
Sharif said the dream of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-i-Azam could only be realised if the citizens committed to hard work. He said the spirit displayed by Muslims of the subcontinent during the Pakistan Movement was needed today to steer the country out of its difficulties.
The Bab-i-Pakistan project was important for the young generation to remember the Pakistan Resolution, Sharif said. He said the project was being executed to commemorate the hundreds of thousands of people who migrated from India to Pakistan in 1947. He said the dream of Pakistan’s founders had still not materialised.
The chief minister said a board of governors would be set up for the project. He said the country should be made a welfare state through dedicated hard work.
The information secretary gave a detailed briefing to the chief minister about the project. It was also decided that a Bab-i-Pakistan Foundation would be set up.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, provincial assembly members Yasin Sohal, Mian Naseer Ahmad, the chief secretary, the Planning and Development chairman, the communication and works secretary, information secretary, the sports secretary, the finance special secretary, and the Lahore commissioner attended the meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2014.