LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited the mazar of Allama Muhammad Iqbal on Pakistan Day and laid a wreath on the mazar while offering fateha.

Recording his impressions in the visitors’ book, the Chief Minister paid rich tributes to the Poet of the East.

Talking to media, the Chief Minister said that Pakistan was facing a number of problems and challenges. However, they could be overcome by acting upon the ideas of Allama Iqbal.

The chief minister said that Pakistan will be steered out of the problems under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and day was not far off when it will regain its lost status.

He said that foundation stone Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project had been laid on the historic occasion of Pakistan Day. He said that completion of this project will result in provision of speedy and comfortable transport facilities to citizens of Rawalpindi and Islamabad as in Lahore.

He said that work will be carried-out round the clock on Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project which is a gift for the nation on Pakistan Day. In reply to a question, the CM said that everyone had the right of freedom of expression. He said that Pakistan Muslim League-N government wants to relations with neighboring countries.

Replying to another question, the CM said that 1300 megawatt additional electricity will be available in national grid after a year. He said that work is being carried-out on 100 megawatt solar power project in Cholistan and it will start production by the end of current year.

Similarly, he said that 450 megawatt electricity will be available from Nandi Pur power project during the current year while Guddu power project will produce 750 megawatt electricity and all these projects will be completed within a year. Shahbaz Sharif said that every effort of the government is aimed at progress and prosperity of the people. He said that a separate country was created for the Muslims of subcontinent as a result of historic resolution approved by the forefathers of the nation on March 23 1940. It is unfortunate that the goals of creation of the country have still not been achieved.

He said that it was his commitment to the people on Pakistan Day that the problems being faced by the country will be resolved under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan will regain is lost status in the comity of the nations. Provincial Ministers Ata Maneka, Syed Haroon Sultan, Zakia Shahnawaz, Assembly Members, Pervaiz Malik, Mehr Ishtiaq, Kh. Imran Nazir and senior government officers were present.