The PML-N provincial parliamentarians, through a resolution, on Monday named Shahbaz Sharif as the next Punjab chief minister.

Before the parliamentary party meeting of PML-N here at Alhamra Hall, former Law Minister Rana Sanaulluh presented a resolution to nominate Shahbaz Sharif as the Punjab chief minister for the second term. All the legislators, exceeding 300, with one voice approved it by show of hand.

The MPAs also unanimously carried another resolution that expressed complete confidence in the leadership of PML-N President Nawaz Sharif.

Later, addressing the lawmakers, Shahbaz Sharif vowed to develop Punjab into a province of international standards. Punjab would be uplifted as an exemplary province in the world, the CM-designate said, expressing his commitment to end thana and patwari culture and make them subservient to the public instead of being a centre of corruption.

He asked the members to selflessly serve the electorate if they wanted respect and support from the people for the next term. Otherwise, he said, the masses would not accept them as parliamentarians.

Shahbaz said they had adopted the trend of learning from mistakes. He added Punjab would be taken to the height of development with a renewed spirit. The incoming CM also told the members that only competent and hardworking people would be inducted in the cabinet. The worth of ministers and the advisers would be judged on the basis of their potential to serve the masses, he added.

Shahbaz Sharif said Punjab was victimised by the Centre during has past tenure about the electricity supply, which not only caused sufferings to the masses but also badly hit the provincial industry. He said Punjab had no role in the long-hour outages, but the Centre held it responsible for it, which was not true.

He said the people knew the truth and the facts, so despite spending billions of rupees on anti-PML-N media campaign, the people could not be influenced and PML-N bagged more than two-thirds majority in Punjab.

The former chief minister said he had learnt a lot from the elections and would keep on sharing his feelings with the members. He said mistakes in the public service during the last term would not be repeated in the next five-year rule.

Shahbaz remarked the Lion ‘bowled out’ the rivals in districts and divisions to a great surprise of everyone, but in some areas the PML-N stalwarts failed. He, however, said the reasons for their defeat would be examined. He said the people had given them a mandate to rule the province for five years during which they would change thana culture and provide justice to the masses at their doorsteps.

Shahbaz Sharif said it was his strong desire to emulate Turkish police model where the police were 99 percent corruption free and crime rate was remarkably low. “I want the police to become a symbol of relief and peace for the common man and guarantee redress of grievances,” he concluded. The meeting also nominated Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan as the Punjab Assembly speaker’s candidate for the second term and Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani as deputy speaker. Both were later elected to the slots.