SARGODHA - Taking a swipe at the PPP-led government, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif called the announcement of setting up a Seraiki bank by (President Asif Ali) Zardari in Southern Punjab another plot to loot the masses.

“Sitting in Islamabad, ‘Ali Baba Aur 40 Chor (thieves)’ only love corruption. But, they will be buried politically by the power of vote in the next general elections,” he said while addressing a public meeting after laying the foundations stone of Bhalwal Industrial Estate.

He vowed to continue with the fight for people’s right. He said the PML-N under Nawaz Sharif will steer the country out of crisis and build a welfare state where justice for all would be ensured.

He paid tribute to the Siachen avalanche victims, saying the nation stand by its soldiers who have been guarding the state frontiers.

He said setting up an industrial estate over 450-acre in Bhalwal will bring economic prosperity.

He announced upgrading Bhera as Tehsil.

In his address to the first-ever convocation of Sargodha Medical College of the Sargodha University, Shahbaz said the doctors should delete the word ‘strike’ from their dictionary as they will have to answer on the Day of Judgment for even a single death during their strike.

The young doctors should strive for serving the ailing community and alleviating the sufferings of people.

The CM said the Punjab government had allocated huge funds for welfare of the doctors.

He pointed out the word ‘strike’ was against the demands of scared profession.

The chief minister argued that nepotism had ruined the county for the past 64 years, adding that the Punjab government adopted and promoted culture of merit and had recruited 72,000 teachers in two years in accordance with its policy of merit.

On the occasion, CM Shahbaz announced funds to the tune of Rs100 million for new engineering college at UoS and a grant of Rs3 million for the treatment of a student, Wasim Akram, who has been suffering from cancer.

The CM announced the establishment of a state-of-the-art sport complex for SMC and the college affiliation with a 400 bed under construction hospital in Sargodha as a teaching hospital.

He directed the Sargodha Commissioner for the construction of Cardiac and Trauma Centre at UoS.

Earlier, UoS VC Dr Muhammad Akram Chaudhry expressed his gratitude to the chief minister in his welcome speech and presented a brief fact sheet of the SMC.

He said the SMC doctors had treated about 5,50,000 patients last year.

Medical graduates should enjoy their achievement but they must keep in mind the responsibilities laid on their shoulders. He added that the Punjab CM had not only introduced merit but had also set the example for others. The UoS is also following this model and as a result of this, we are one of the best universities of the country, he said. SMC Principal Dr Eice Muhammad in his address to the medical graduates said that their degrees were demanding sacrifice to serve the humanity. The need of this era is to bring revolutionary change in the field of medicine.

Later, the Punjab CM awarded degrees and medals 26 girl and 13 boy medical graduates.

Later, the CM inaugurated Model Bazaar on University Road and also unveiled the foundation stone of Government Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Degree College. He inspected work on the under construction project for deaf and dumb students.