Shahbaz urges journalists to bring soft revolution in society
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday said that the law and order has been restored and foreign investors are rushing towards Pakistan in a large number.
While talking to the newly-elected office-bearers of Lahore Press Club on Tuesday, Shahbaz said, “I appeal to the journalists to utilize their authority and power for bringing soft revolution in the society.” He added the journalists should point out the corruption cases worth billion of rupees that have been put in cold storage, while the NAB should proactively pursue them.
Shahbaz said the bitter statement of the US President has broken hearts of the Pakistani people as Pakistan can never be decried as deceitful and untrustworthy. Will there be any worst taunt than it? Now we shall eat a simple food, generate our own resources and indigenous resources will be utilized with utmost transparency to fulfill the needs of the common man, he insisted.
Replying to a question, Shahbaz said that elements leveling the allegations of corruption in Multan Metro have distorted the national image. “If I have done any corruption, it must be proved. The Chinese government has punished the Yabaite Company and it has tendered the written apology publically. It is no justice to involve a sincere friend like China in any corruption issue. Similarly, somebody said that we have been called to Madina Munawara for an inquiry though I have had never met those Saudi princes in my whole life; we could antagonize our friendly countries through such irresponsible allegations,” he said.
He said that he is hopeful that the media shall perform its journalistic duties in accordance with journalistic norms while fulfilling the needs and requirements of impartiality as well. We shall develop Pakistan according to the vision of Quaid and Iqbal, he added.
Expressing satisfaction that the general situation in Pakistan is much improved as compared to 2013, he said the energy crisis is about to an end and the indigenously produced thousands of megawatts electricity is being included in the national grid.
“Our energy projects developed with a cost of billion of rupees have started producing electricity despite criticism of the opponents, sit-ins and impediments raised in shape of public processions and gatherings,” he said, adding: “I challenge the opposition to find out any corruption in these projects. I point out with all humbleness and satisfaction that while the element of corruption is impossible in these projects, the energy projects are being completed with much lesser costs which were spent on earlier projects. “On the other side, the incidents of terrorism have been much decreased as compared to the past. But for that, armed forces, police and other law enforcement agencies as well as the people have given tremendous sacrifices to maintain peace in the country, he added.
Spokesman Punjab government Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan said that consultation is going on with the Board of Revenue and other institutions with regard to housing society of the Lahore Press Club.
The newly-elected LPC President Azam Chaudhry thanked the Chief Minister and lauded his services for strengthening of democracy. Other office-bearers thanked the Chief Minister for proving grant to the press club.