LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Monday said he would not hold any dialogue with Ali Baba and Forty Thieves over the issue of loadshedding now.
Talking to reporters outside the Punjab Assembly, the CM said he extended complete support to the people out to record their protests against loadshedding and it was for this purpose that he had established his tent office in Minar-e-Pakistan.
Shahbaz said Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani had promised that there would be no discrimination against the Punjab on the issue of electricity but the vow was not fulfilled, adding that his support to protests would continue until the end of step-motherly treatment to Punjab.
Shahbaz said the provinces had been given no powers to produce electricity in the 18th Amendment. The CM said he expressed his grief with the families of those who had lost their lives in protests against loadshedding, and said he had always advised the people to avoid violence in such demonstrations and not harm state property, since this issue could be exploited by subversive elements.
The CM said state property belonged to the people of Pakistan and would be in their use after the departure of Ali Baba and Forty Thieves from the country.