LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif Monday said that Punjab government and the people of the province were with their brethren and sisters of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK) who have been displaced in the war against terrorism.
The Chief Minister in his appeal to the people here, said that Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the displaced persons of KPK has been set up and a sum of Rs 500 million has been deposited in the fund on behalf of Punjab government.
The Chief Minister Punjab, Provincial Ministers and Assembly Members of Muslim League-N have donated their one month’s salary towards the fund, he added.
He said that the nation was fully supporting Ghazis and martyrs of Pak Army as well as the displaced persons with its prayers, life and property and all other belongings at this crucial hour.
He said that philanthropists and well-to-do persons should come forward and donate generously towards CM’s Relief Fund so that maximum assistance could be provided to the displaced persons.
He said that Punjab government will continue to extend full cooperation till the return of displaced persons to their homes and their complete rehabilitation while relief items will also be provided in accordance with their needs.
Shahbaz said that Pakistan is passing through the most critical phase of its history and is facing internal and external security challenges. He said that Pakistani nation is in a state of war and officers and Jawans of Pak Army are fighting against terrorists in the war for
the survival and stability of the country.
He said that it is essential that the whole nation should unite on one platform to purge the country of the menace of terrorism, adding the need for unity is more than ever now and the scourge of terrorism will have to be rooted out for making Pakistan a cradle of peace and harmony.
He said that every segment of the society will have to play his role for bringing the country out of the quagmire of problems. Shahbaz said that Pakistan Muslim League-N government is making sincere efforts for the progress and development of the country and making it a welfare state.
He said that under these circumstances, politics of protest is totally unjustified and tantamount to creating hurdles in the journey towards progress and development.
He said that in view of security threats, sit-ins, public meetings, rallies and agitation is totally against the interest of the country.
He said that the elements engaged in protest politics should let the process of progress and development process go on uninterrupted in the interest of the nation instead of creating hurdles.
He said that government led by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is determined to steer the country out of crises and the day is not far off when Pakistan will become a haven of peace.
He said that solid economic policies of the government are yielding positive results and due to the steps taken by the government, foreign exchange reserves has increased while Pakistani currency has stabilized.