LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said he had never committed anything unlawful nor would he allow anyone else to do so. He directed the police and administration to play role in solving the problems of the masses.

The chief minister expressed these views while addressing residents of Bhogiwal Road, China Scheme and adjoining areas, along with office-bearers and the PML-N workers at his Tent Office on Friday.

The chief minister said government institutions should sincerely strive to address people’s issues in the real sense so that their difficulties could be solved at the grassroots level. He said national institutions were deliberately destroyed in the past and were used for personal interests while pressing issues of citizens were ignored as a result of which corruption, nepotism, bribery and ‘safarish” culture seeped into the society.

Shahbaz Sharif also directed to evolve planning to shift police stations, operating in rented buildings and said that separate buildings should be constructed for the police stations. He directed Lahore Division Commissioner to earmark plots for police stations in government residential schemes and funds should be made available on priority basis for their construction.

Addressing complaints of the visitors, the chief minister ordered Housing Secretary and Wasa Managing Director to solve the issue of potable water for the area and directed them to submit a report to him about operating tube-wells on solar panels. On the demand of the residents, the chief minster directed the LTC authorities to start operating air-conditioned buses in the Northern Lahore as well.

Taking notice of the complaints of some residents, the chief minister directed constitution of a committee, comprising housing secretary and LDA director general, to solve the issues of land allotment and registries in various residential schemes of the area, and asked the committee to solve these issues within two weeks.

Shahbaz Sharif ordered that land for construction of a hospital, at GT Road, should be identified to provide best possible medical care to the residents of the area. The chief minister also took notice of rising crime rate in the area, ordered the DIG to play a pro-active role for complete eradication of crime.

The chief minister vowed that strict action would be initiated against the concerned police staff on complaints of bribery. On the complaint of a citizen, he ordered retrieval of the land of schools of Dhobi Ghaat, Naseerabad from Qabza mafia within 24 hours.

Also, the chief minister said a unanimous national agenda was needed for bringing the country out of the crisis. He expressed these views during a meeting with American Business Forum President Saleem Ghauri and other office-bearers. Shahbaz Sharif asked the American Business Forum to make investment in energy, information technology and other sectors and added that joint ventures could also be launched for this purpose.

Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif said the inefficient and corrupt Zardari gang had lost the mandate to rule the country. He said the people had again come on the roads against the outages during Sehr and Iftar timings.

“Peaceful protest against the loadshedding is the legitimate right of the people, but they should refrain from damaging public and private property during the protest,” the chief minister said while addressing PML-N workers and others at his Tent Office.

The chief minister said corrupt rulers, living in the air-conditioned palaces of Islamabad, could not realise the problems and difficulties which the fast-observing people were facing due to power outages.

Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting which reviewed the security plan for banks, money exchangers and jewelers. Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that banks were earning profit of billions of rupees, therefore, they would have to improve their security arrangements.

He said that setting up a separate training school with the cooperation of banks for the training of security guards be considered. He directed that an effective monitoring system should also be devised for implementation of the security plan.

Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, Advisor Jehanzeb Burki, Members Assembly Rana Tanveer Hussain, Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, IGP, Secretaries of Home and Industries and concerned officers attended the meeting.