LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday that the nation needed to fight dengue instead of getting scared of it. In his Anti-Dengue Day message, to be observed throughout the province on Sunday (today), the chief minister said the government had taken steps to eradicate the menace of dengue with the active cooperation of the masses.

Shahbaz said the Anti-Dengue Day would be enthusiastically observed on Sunday (today) and all segments of the society would express determination to jointly fight dengue. “The protection of human life will be ensured by using all available human resources for the elimination of this fatal disease,” he maintained.

The chief minister said seminars, walks and workshops had been arranged throughout the province to enhance public awareness about dengue. “All offices will remain open on Sunday (today) as per the decision of the Punjab government,” he added.

Shahbaz said living nations determined their future by learning from the past. The Punjab government had saved thousands of human lives due to adoption of timely measures last year, he held. The chief minister also warned that strict action would be taken against officers and officials on complaint of negligence or irresponsibility.

Also, the Argentina and Turkish Ambassadors to Pakistan, Rodolfo J Martin Saravia and Babür Hızlan, called on Shahbaz Sharif in Islamabad on Saturday. Matters of mutual interest were discussed.

The chief minister said Argentina and Turkey had close friendship with Pakistan, as highlighted by their help to the latter in all difficult times. He further said the two countries also sent relief items for the flood affectees of Punjab.

Shahbaz said there were vast opportunities of foreign investment in Punjab. “Many development projects in the province are currently being implemented with Turkey’s cooperation and this is a good sign for economic cooperation in the days of come,” he added.

Also, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif strongly condemned on Saturday the firing incidents in Quetta, and expressed deep sense of grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

Expressing his condolences with the heirs of those who were killed in these tragic incidents, the chief minister prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the members of the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.