LAHROE - Punjab Parliamentary Secretary for Heath Dr Saeed Elahi has said free health facility to the masses is top priority of the government. He said the Punjab government was spending Rs 6 billion to provide free medicines to the poor masses. He was addressing inaugural ceremony of First International Scientific Vision Conference organised by Society of Optometrists, Orthoptists and Ophthalmic Technologists Pakistan (SOOOP) and at a local hotel here on Sunday. Dr Saeed Elahi said more than nine million people were suffering from blindness in Punjab who needed treatment. He said the government was ready for financial support to the society and treatment of the blindness to eliminate the disease. He said Pakistani doctors were more intelligent, hard worker and dedicated than the others. Vice Chancellor King Adward Medical University Prof Dr Asad Aslam said the aim of the society was to promote the interests of Optometrists, Orthoptists and Ophthalmic Technologists concerning the independent practice and research in visual sciences. He said they would help in rehabilitation of the visually impaired and eradication of the blindness form Pakistan. Baloch pays tribute to ulema Jamaat e Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch, has paid tributes to the leading Ulema, Mashaikh and the custodians of shrines for forging unity to frustrate the designs of the secular and anti-Islam forces in the country and for their resolve to safeguard the ideological character of Pakistan. In a press statement here Sunday, he said the Ulema and Mashaikhs declaration to fight the forces of secularism and sectarianism was a puff of fresh air in the backdrop of attacks at shrines and Imambargahs. These attacks were certainly made by the enemies of Islam and Pakistan to shatter our national unity for ulterior motives, he said. Liaquat Baloch said that the demand by the Ulema, and Mashaikh and custodians of the leading shrines to the rulers to abandon the aliens slavery and instead accept the slavery of Allah and the Holy Prophet (pbuh) reflected the sentiments of the Pakistani people and the government would be wise to take practical steps for the enforcement of the Quran and the Sunnah in the country established in the name of Islam. The JI leader said that the Ulema and the Mashaikh had leading role in spreading the message of Islam in this region and moulding the lives of millions. 'All parties should work together for masses Punjab Minister for Finance, Planning and Development Tanvir Ashraf Kaira has said that political parties should forget their petty differences and work together to solve the problems of the masses especially the price-hike. He expressed these views while talking to various delegations of MPAs at his residence on Sunday. He said present govt would complete its tenure, as the present federal and all four provincial governments came into power with the votes of the people. The minister said people of Pakistan were democratic-minded and they did not like dictatorship. He said the government would solve the problems of people with consultation of all political parties. Tanvir said reconciliation with PML-N would be continued and we would further strengthen this process for the sake of the country because at this stage, our country cannot afford any confrontation.