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March 18, 2018

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Army, judiciary and politicians must work in unison: CM

Ag News Desk

DERA GHAZI KHAN: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PTI Chairman Imran Khan Niazi had joined hands to protect their mutual interests.

He said the duo had developed a complete understanding, as Imran had told Zardari that he could do whatever he wanted to Sindh and a similar response by the latter to the former. Addressing a public gathering at Choti Zairin on Saturday afternoon, the chief minister said the people would reject and wiped out all the rivals in the upcoming general elections with the power of vote.

Shahbaz said Imran was known for his lies and had levelled baseless allegations of corruption against him, including those related to the Multan Metro Bus Project. He had requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to constitute a full bench for probe and he would appear before the same to counter the accusations, the chief minister recalled. Expressing his annoyance over the much-repeated but unfounded allegations, Shahbaz said, "I do not have time to reply to liars. I want to contribute all my time to serve the people of Pakistan."

He yet again challenged that he would quit politics, if allegations were proved, but in case of Imran, it was the people who would decide for his future. "They [opposition] will answer for their lies in three months," said Shahbaz while referring to upcoming general elections. The only thing Imran had done since forming the government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was lying, and both Niazi and Zardari did not execute work "worth a penny" in their provinces. "You did neither build schools or hospitals [in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa] and wasted the people's time," he remarked.

He also claimed that PTI's Billion Tree Tsunami in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had failed and was riddled with corruption.

The chief minister stressed the need for unity and said military, judiciary and politicians should work together in harmony. Shahbaz said the PML-N believed in development across the country and had fulfilled the promises made with the masses. He added that the PML-N government brought a positive change to southern Punjab which had been neglected for years. The chief minister said the incumbent government had constructed schools and hospitals and provided essential services to the people by diverting funds to the region.

He asked the party workers and supporters to vote for the PML-N in the general elections so that the pace of development could be maintained. Federal Minister Awais Ahmed Leghari and MPA Jamal Khan Leghari also addressed the gathering, while the parliamentarians elected from the area and other personalities were also present on the occasion.

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