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Problems to be solved on streets, not in assemblies: Shahbaz

30 August, 2011

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday the assemblies did not hold the key to the solution of Pakistan's problems and people could change the system only by launching a movement on the streets.

Addressing a computerised balloting ceremony for the yellow cab scheme in Multan, the Punjab CM said corruption is rampant in the country and it is in the grip of price hikes, lawlessness, injustice and unemployment. Pakistan was facing internal and external threats and Asif Ali Zardari was out to destroy the country, the Online news agency quoted Shahbaz as having said.

Shahbaz said 180 million people of Pakistan were being pushed into darkness under a conspiracy, and a dishonest person holding the highest office of Pakistan wanted to destroy the country.

He said he had reached the conclusion that the assemblies did not hold the solution and people could change the system only by launching a movement on the streets. Shahbaz said on the return of Pakistan Muslim League Quaid Nawaz Sharif from Umrah, a decision would be taken about how to change the system.

Shahbaz said a programme to provide jobs to the youth had been evolved at a cost of Rs12 billion and the Yellow Cab scheme was part of it. He said a transparent system of computerised balloting had been adopted to rule out the chances of 'Parchi' (chit) and 'Sifarish' (favouritism). He also announced a medical university, engineering university, hockey and football stadiums and the construction of the Hafiz Jamal Road and Multan Delhi Road in Multan.

Shahbaz alleged said that the Ministry of Law intentionally put the files of power projects of 900 megawatts in Nandipur and Chichuki Malian in Punjab in cold storage due to the non-receipt of commission. He said hindrances were created in these projects as per a conspiracy. He said Rs70 billion were spent on the projects of Nandipur and Chichuki Malian, but the projects' files had been kept pending on the orders of Asif Zardari.

The CM said the rulers were not worried about the people and were busy filling their pockets and conducting foreign tours. He said billions of rupees were plundered in the NICL scandal, while Hajis were looted and the Supreme Court was being disgraced and its decisions disregarded.

"Those involved in corruption have to be exposed and a new Pakistan will have to be established by eliminating the capitalist system," Shahbaz added. "The Khadim Punjab Yellow Cab Scheme has been launched on the direction of PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif so that employment opportunities can be provided to male and female youth. One lakh computers will be given to the youth and a project of yellow motorcycle will be prepared." Later, the CM inaugurated the balloting of the yellow cab scheme by pressing the computer button.

Our correspondent adds from DG KHAN: Addressing a yellow cab scheme ceremony in DG Khan, Shahbaz demanded the constitution of a judicial commission to probe the allegations leveled by PPP leader Zulfiqar Mirza. He said the population of southern Punjab was 31 per cent but on the direction of Nawaz Sharif, a 40 percent quota in yellow cab scheme had been allocated for the region. He said 20,000 vehicles would be distributed under the scheme.

APP adds: Punjab CM said a number of projects would be announced after the yellow cab scheme to provide maximum job opportunities to the youth of the province at a cost of billions of rupees. He said the projects included a loan scheme of Rs50,000 each for the youth to enable them to start their own businesses.

The chief minister attended three functions during a single day held for balloting for yellow cabs in DG Khan, Multan and Rawalpindi.

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