HAFIZABAD - Newly-inducted Federal Minister for Works Ch Liaqat Abbas Bhatti has declared that he will strive to eliminate unemployment and poverty and come up to the expectations of the masses and confidence reposed in him by his party high command and President Asif Zardari.

Addressing big gatherings at Bhaka Bhattian Interchange, Khanqa Dogran, Sukheke, Thatha Khairo Matmall, Pindi Bhattian and Jalalpur Bhattian, he thanked the people for according him historic welcome after arriving in the area first time after his induction as a Federal Minister for Works.

He said that the Federal Ministry was conferred on him was a trust and by the grace of Almighty Allah he would fulfil his duty to the best of his abilities.

Earlier, when he along with other Federal Ministers, Anwar Ali Cheema, Sheikh Waqas Ikram Alam and Saeed Ullah Mandokhail reached at Bhaka Bhattian Interchange at 4:30pm, thousands of admirers of Bhattis, ex-nazims, councillors and former MNA Ch Mehdi Hassan Bhatti, ex-district nazim Ch Mubbashar Abbas Bhatti, ex-tehsil nazim Rai Jhangir Ali Kharl warmly welcomed them.

Later, they were taken to Khanqa Dogran, Sukheke, Pindi Bhattian, Jalalpur Bhattian, Rasulpur Tarar etc. in a motorcade of five hundred vehicles.

On the way they were warmly welcomed by villagers of every village and they showered rose petals and performed traditional Bhangra on the beat of drums. Fireworks were profusely displayed at every stop.

All the visiting Federal Ministers were very much pleased to see the popularity of Bhattis in the district.

The carvan of Bhattis covered hundred kilometres in five hours.

Later, Sheikh Waqas Ikram Federal Minister while talking to this scribe said that the present Government believed in independence of the judiciary and it respect the verdict of the apex court that is why that the present regime accepted the conviction and disqualification of former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani.

Replying to a question regarding LHC verdict about dual offices of President Asif Ali Zardari, he said that Govt should accept this verdict.

Replying to another question he said that people of the Punjab were frustrated due to the blunders of provincial Government.

He said that by the passage of the time most of the problems confronting the nation particularly loadshedding, price high would be resolved.

To another question he said that PML-Q under the leadership of Ch Shujaat Hussain is quite intact and there is no forward block in it.