LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that people need electricity, not the democracy, as without the basic facilities the masses will have no faith in the democratic set up.

He expressed these views while talking to the media at his camp office at Minar-e-Pakistan on Saturday after presiding over a meeting to review the law and order situation in the province.

He while claiming that the ruling coalition has been looting the masses for the last four years said that dislodging the thieves’ government is the only way to pull the country out of the existing crises.

The chief minister maintained that discriminatory attitude was being meted out to Punjab with regard to load shedding, which would not be tolerated.

He said circular debt reached 400billion rupees and 2000 megawatts of electricity could be added to the system if the government pays 200 billion rupees to the oil companies and IPPs.

He said Ali Baba and his 40 thieves had ruined the country and that time was not far when the masses would hold accountable the rulers accountable.

Earlier, addressing the meeting the chief minister said protracted loadshedding made the life of people miserable. He said due to worst loadshedding, labourers, farmers and common man were on streets.

Shahbaz Sharif said it was right of the people to raise their voice about the problems being faced by them but the damage should not be caused to the public properties during protest. He said public properties are our assets and their protection is our national responsibility.

The chief minister said ulema, labour leaders and influential persons of the society should motivate the people to avoid violence during protest. He said water crisis raised due to shortage of electricity which had added the problems of the peoples. He said immediate steps were needed to overcome the problems of the people so that their protest might not convert to any serious situation.

Shahbaz Sharif directed Inspector General Police and Home Secretary on this occasion to send special teams in Faisalabad, Multan, Sahiwal, Vehari, Kasur and other cities and take special measures for the protection of public properties.

Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah Khan, Members National and Provincial Assembly, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Secretary Home, Addl. IG Special Branch, CCPO Lahore and other officers concerned attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, presiding over another meeting at his camp office, the chief minister said due to loadshedding, the provincial government should depend on its own resources for the continuous supply of the water to the masses in the provincial capital, while the same model should be applied in other cities of the province.

The chief minister said special cells had been set in the offices of Sub Divisional Officers of WASA for checking of theft of diesel of generators.

He said that three-member committees will supervise the special cells and ensure transparent utilization of the diesel.

The meeting was attended by MD WASA, DG LDA, Secretary Housing, Commissioner and DCO Lahore.