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Friday, March 22, 2013
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LAHORE

 

CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday that by laying the foundation stone of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project in the last days of the federal government, Asif Zardari had shown the worst dishonesty and deceived the nation.

 

He said that starting the gas pipeline project in the final hours of the government was in fact an attempt to bolster the image of the PPP and to create complications for the future government.

 

Addressing a press conference, Shahbaz said had Zardari any sympathy for the people or interest in the progress of the country, he would have started the project when Iran had made the offer, adding that had Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project been started four years ago, natural gas would have been available in every nook and corner of Pakistan the industries had not been shut down nor had people lost their work.

 

The chief minister said Zardari had left his people unattended in the hours of distress during the worst floods and went on a pleasure trip to Paris and other European countries. He said he had made an appeal to Zardari in front of TV cameras from Jinnah Barrage, Mianwali, to not to leave the nation alone but he disregarded his request.

 

He said the PML-N had nominated the best and most credible names for the caretaker setup at the federal and Punjab levels and the whole nation unanimously approved those personalities. He said had the PPP made better nomination, the PML-N leadership would definitely have considered its names.

 

The CM said the PML-N government had served the people honestly and selflessly during the last five years and dissolved the provincial assembly 20 days before the constitutional tenure of the provincial government was over so that general elections could be held on the same day. He said his record of public service was before the masses and they would give their decision in general elections on May 11.

 

sanitation: Shahbaz Sharif has said that the modern sanitation system, introduced in the provincial metropolis with the collaboration of Turk companies, has yielded positive results and arrangements for launching the system in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Faisalabad and Multan as well.

 

He also directed the Finance secretary to resolve the issue of conveyance allowance of sanitary workers immediately.

 

Pakistan Day: Shahbaz Sharif has directed the inspector general of Police Punjab and Home secretary to make effective security arrangements throughout the province on the occasion of Pakistan Day on March 23.