SARGODHA - Vowing to continue with his fight against inequality, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said he will stand by any province facing injustice.

 “The PML-N will carry on its protest until the federal government ends its loadshedding discrimination,” he told a public gathering on Tuesday. He went on: “Though Punjab has been paying its dues, its people have been compelled to face 16-hours power outages in sweltering heat wave.  The province has been bearing the brunt of voting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in the 2008 general election”. Raping the Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government, he said:  “The people of Punjab have been victimised as thieves and watchmen have joined their hands to loot the country.” He said all the claims made during the Energy Conference turned out to be false.

He said the PPP-led federal government has left the people in the lurch. “The people have been facing unabated inflation while the government has yet to announce specifics to fix one of the major problems such as energy crisis. The corruption is rampant and the government has been busy with its looting spree.”  To a question about the contempt bill, the chief minister said that the legislation was aimed at sabotaging the rule of law in the country.

The Punjab chief minister offered the funeral prayers of Subedar Majid Hussain who embraced martyrdom in a militant attack in Gujrat. He also expressed his condolence over the sad demise of spouse of former senator Khawaja Hameeduddin Sialwi.  He paid rich tributes to the Army, saying the soldiers had always rendered sacrifices for protecting the national frontiers. Shahbaz said that the entire nation is proud of the armed forces which also always stands firm against internal turmoil and in natural calamities.

Talking to the father of the martyr, he said the sacrifice made by Majid Hussain will never be forgotten. The chief minister assured the bereaved family that they would be looked after and it will be ensured that his three children will be provided with free education. The police adopted stringent security measures to avoid any untoward incident.

Later, the chief minister visited different areas of Sargodha city. He also inaugurated the trauma centre, sports stadium, special education centre and other development projects in the city. Shahbaz also monitored the development work of under-construction building of District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Sargodha and directed the authorities for timely completion of projects with assurance of quality and standard. Presiding over a high-level meeting, the Punjab chief minister ordered the police to step up their endeavours to redress public grievances, putting an end to Thana Culture.

He held the meeting at his tent office at the sports stadium here. The CM said that the law and order situation of some other districts of the Punjab among Sargodha division collectively is not satisfactory however the action against rustlers and recovery of cattle ornaments and illicit by Sargodha police is commendable. Shahbaz Sharif ordered for the provision of further funds to make the performance of police more efficient and said that government had already chalked out handsome measures to increase the strength of Punjab police.