LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday the National Action Plan had yielded positive results.
“The entire nation has taken a united stand against terrorists.
There is no room for terrorism and sectarianism in the country,” the chief minister told a meeting with assembly members from various districts.
He said the government was doing its best to steer the country out of crisis. He said all-out efforts were being made to raise the citizens’ standards of living. A number of programmes have been started for the welfare of the poor, he said.
Sharif said a large number of people were benefiting from such schemes, including the Metro Bus Service in Lahore, the educational endowment fund and the Apna Rozgar programme. He said billions of rupees had been spent on the provision of education, health and transport services.
He said the government was focusing on the development of infrastructure. The Khadim-i-Punjab Rural Roads Programme has been launched to construct and repair rural roads, the chief minister said.
“Public funds are being spent for people’s welfare,” he said.
The chief minister said development projects were being completed speedily and in a transparent manner. “A corruption-free culture is being promoted. Even our opponents have been unable to level allegations of corruption against us,” he said.
Sharif said Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Pakistan would prove a game changer for the regional economy. He said projects worth $46 billion had been announced during the visit. The investment would bring about prosperity in Pakistan, he said.
The chief minister said completing energy projects on time was the government’s priority.
He said the outcome of recent cantonment board elections was a strong reply to those who had been calling the 2013 general elections rigged. “People have chosen those who serve them instead of those who are known for agitation,” Sharif said.
Participants of the meeting congratulated the chief minister on securing the Chinese investments and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s victory in the cantonment board elections.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2015.
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