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- Saturday, May 05, 2012 - From Print Edition




CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that loadshedding, poverty and unemployment have made the life of the people miserable and it has become difficult for the poor to make both ends meet. He has said democracy is the name of service to the masses but the rulers sitting in Islamabad have made it a source of loot and plunder.


Addressing the assembly members, office-bearers and workers of PML-N belonging to Gujranwala here on Friday, he said corruption of the rulers during the last four years had reached its height. He said time had come to rid the country of the corrupt and purge it of corruption. He said every patriotic person would have to play his due role for the survival and security of the country. He said that the nation would hold Ali Baba and Forty Thieves accountable and recover the looted money from them.


Shahbaz said the federal government had not only undermined democracy but also ruined the national institutions like railways and PIA through plundering. He said Karachi, the city of lights, was burning, Balochistan was facing insurgency and KPK terrorism whereas loss to the economy of Punjab was being caused through long loadshedding of electricity. He said the rulers had no concern with the problems of the people and the country’s situation and were engaged in plundering the national exchequer. He said Pakistan disintegrated only after 25 years but no lesson had been learnt from the tragedy. He said billions of rupees were looted in the name of rental power, dacoities were committed against Hujaj, NICL and banks, loans worth billion of rupees were written off on political grounds.


food export: Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is rich in natural resources and produces world’s finest fruit and vegetables.


He said mango, oranges, Kino and other fruit of the country were unique regarding taste and nutritional value. He said that there was a huge demand of Pakistani fruit and vegetables in the Middle East and it could substantially increase food items export by benefiting from Australian technology and expertise.


The chief minister was talking to an Australian delegation led by High Commissioner of Australia in Pakistan Timothy George. He appreciated the active role of Australian high commissioner in further improving relations between Pakistan and Australia. He said there were cordial relations as well as unanimity of views on international issues between both the countries.


Japanese delegation: Yamaguchi Kazuteru and Kato Tsugio of Yamaguchi Corporation of Japan called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here on Friday. Matters relating to investment opportunities in Punjab were discussed during the meeting. Member National Assembly Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Chairman Nishat Group Mian Muhammad Mansha, Secretary Energy Jahanzeb Khan and Vice-Chairman Punjab Investment Board Muftah Ismail were also present.