LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the federal government is meting out step-motherly treatment to the Punjab, while the people of province do not even know what they are being punished for.

The chief minister said this while talking to the residents of Allama Iqbal Town, Muslim Town, Johar Town, Wahdat Colony and the PML-N workers and office bearers at his Tent Office on Tuesday.

He said Ali Baba and Forty Thieves were indulging in corruption, loot and plunder with impunity. As a result of criminal negligence by the rulers of Islamabad, 900MW power generation plants could not be installed at Chichu Ki Maliyan and Nandipur.

“People are cursing the federal government, as now loadshedding is being carried out even at Sehr and Iftar timings,” the chief minister stated. He said the Zardari gang had brought the country to the brink of virtual collapse, and, in order to get rid of this atrocious government, the people must stand up for strong accountability as the days of Ali Baba and Forty Thieves had been numbered.

Shahbaz Sharif said Punjab government had paid Rs 4.5 billion to the Pakistan Electricity Power Company (PEPCO) while the other provinces and Karachi Electric Supply Corporation remain defaulters, to the tune of billions of rupees. He said people had become psycho patients, because of 12 hours long loadshedding, but the conscienceless rulers of Islamabad were absolutely apathetic to the people’s problems.

The chief minister warned that if the situation did not improve the masses would conduct accountability of these corrupt rulers in the forthcoming general elections.

Warning the administrative and police officers, Shahbaz Sharif said no tolerance for those who impede the availability of legitimate rights and justice to the masses. The chief minister directed holding of open courts by police and administrative officers, throughout the province, and called upon the elected representatives to keep a close liaison with the general public, to solve their problems on priority basis.

“Politics is not the birth right of anyone, and only those would be awarded party tickets for general elections who serve the people with dedication and commitment,” the chief minister held. He ordered Lahore Commissioner, DCO and DIG to improve the performance of their lower staff and solve the problems of the masses expeditiously. A large number of citizens and workers, who were present on the occasion, apprised the chief minister of problems of their respective areas, on which Shahbaz Sharif issued on-the-spot directives.

Also, with a view to meeting electricity needs and solving the problem of loadshedding, Shahbaz Sharif has directed the authorities concerned to expedite work on alternative sources of power generation. He directed that the setting up of 50MW power generation projects from coal in the industrial estate under public-private partnership be expedited. “The Punjab government had evolved a programme of distribution of solar panels and solar lamps in far flung and backward areas of the province,” he added.

The chief minister also constituted a committee headed by chairman of Planning and Development for the purchase of solar lamps.

He was presiding over a meeting held to review power generation projects from alternative sources, biogas plants and the programme of solar panel distribution on Tuesday.