LAHORE - Blaming the PPP-led government for committing unprecedented corruption and flouting the court orders, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the commission formed by President Asif Ali Zardari for new provinces is also based on malafide intentions.

Talking to MPAs belonging to various districts at Model Town Tuesday, the chief minister said corruption was the biggest problem of the country and the Zardari government had broken all records of it.

“Court orders are not being implemented while national exchequer has been plundered so ruthlessly that a person slipped out of the country along with his family looting Rs 82 billion of the national kitty, and on one is there to bother about it,” the CM added.

The chief minister said Zardari had begun political jugglery before elections with regard to new provinces, but people of south Punjab and Bahawalpur were fully aware of his nefarious aims. He said when south Punjab was facing horrible floods, President Zardari was enjoying in London and Paris.

Shahbaz said the people of Bahawalpur had given innumerable sacrifices for restoration of their state. He said the two resolutions approved by the Punjab Assembly, on April 12, 2012, had been distorted and made into “BJP”.

He said such persons were included in the commission on new provinces who could not win even the seat of a councilor from Punjab. He said, unfortunately, Zardari made his staff officer head of the commission on new provinces.

The chief minister said the PML-N would contest the upcoming general elections on the slogan of purging the country of corruption, saving national resources, adopting simplicity and on the basis of splendid performance of the Punjab government over the last five years.

“Nawaz Sharif is the only hope of the nation in the current critical situation to bring the country out of its problems. The PML-N will participate in the upcoming general elections along with its allies in Sindh and Khyber PK,” the chief minister maintained.

Shahbaz said he believed in relying on indigenous resources, rather than on foreign aid. He said, in order to bring the country out of current crisis, the nation would have to pay tax, while the leadership would have to improve its image and credibility before the people and international community.

The chief minister said foreign investors were afraid to go to Islamabad, but they had invested billions of rupees in Punjab, including in metro bus project and energy sector. He said PML-N leadership did not believe in political victimisation at all.

Shahbaz said the Metro Bus Service was not only for Lahore but also for the whole country, which had been constructed at a cost of Rs 30 billion in a record time which was unprecedented in the national history. He said the project had been initiated to facilitate the common man.

The chief minister said only those elements were criticising this project, who themselves travelled in bulletproof vehicles and planes, but they had no interest in the development, progress and prosperity of the common man.

The MPAs who met with the chief minister included Saood Majeed, Zahid Iqbal Chaudhry and Ch Arshad Jutt.

Also, the chief minister expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives due to heavy rains and snow in various districts of Khyber PK.

He said the Punjab government equally shares the grief of the bereaved families and prayed that Allah Almighty grant courage and strength to the members of the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.