Jamaat-e-Islami Punjab Ameer Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar has asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to learn a lesson from the past governments and appoint new army chief on merit.

He added that the country could not afford any instability at this critical point and the rulers should give up the policy of favouritism. He said that the only way to put the country on path to progress and prosperity was to bury the doctrine of necessity.

Referring to National Security Council, he said that the formation of the council without any legislation was highly alarming and it could lead the country towards a new crisis. He claimed that the parliament was being bypassed on important issues and the decisions were being made somewhere else. He said that the current regime also looked like continuation of Musharraf and PPP regimes because of rulers’ policies. He asked the rulers to respect public mandate and avoid conducting experiments on the country and the nation.

He said that the past rulers put the country’s security, solidarity and honour at stake and plunged the country into American slavery. He pointed out that every newborn Pakistani was under debt of Rs80,000 because of corruption committed by the past rulers.

UPLIFT PLAN ON CARDS: The district government is going to launch a Multan Beautification Project under which over 65,000 plants and trees will be planted on 65 kilometre city roads besides beautification and upgradation of parks.

The district administration wants to take all sections of society on-board in this drive as suggestions and physical support from common citizens, students, traders, media and different private trading companies will be sought. The project is to be completed by spring 2014. The District Forest Department has been asked to plant trees and saplings in three rows along each road.

District Coordination Officer Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah while chairing a meeting here on Wednesday said that the project would be launched under the banner of “Saaf, Suthra aur Khoobsoorat Multan” and an organised campaign would be launched to beautify entry and exit points of Multan and make them green. He issued order for reconstruction of Ameerabad Park. The project costs over Rs36 million.

He directed concerned officials to evolve  questionnaire on sanitation condition of city and distribute it among students of all government and private schools to get the opinion of their parents on this issue. He further asked them to hold events on daily basis in different organizations to create awareness and mobilise community on Multan beautification project.