Shahbaz asks fed­eral govt to give up re­liance on for­eign as­sis­tance

The Pak Banker - - 2national - Staff Re­porter

LA­HORE: Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad Shahbaz Sharif has said that we will have to live within our own re­sources and give up re­liance on for­eign as­sis­tance for achiev­ing a re­spectable sta­tus in the comity of na­tions. He said that there is a need for adopt­ing aus­ter­ity and de­vel­op­ing in­dige­nous re­sources as no nation can pros­per with for­eign aid. He said that cor­rup­tion is the main cause of poverty and un­em­ploy­ment and col­lec­tive ef­forts are needed to root out this curse. He said that the goal of progress and pros­per­ity can­not be achieved with­out elim­i­nat­ing the men­ace of ter­ror­ism and the whole nation is united to re­move this blem­ish from the face of the coun­try. He said that Pak­istan will soon be made a haven of peace and tran­quil­lity with the force of unity.

He was ad­dress­ing the par­tic­i­pants of Na­tional Se­cu­rity and War Course 2010-11 at Na­tional De­fence Uni­ver­sity Is­lam­abad, led by its Com­man­dant Rear Ad­mi­ral Khan Hashaam Bin Sid­dique at Chief Min­is­ter's Sec­re­tar­iat, on Tues­day. Forty stu­dents of 23 friendly coun­tries were a part of the 65-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion. The Chief Min­is­ter said that good gov­er­nance and merit has been pro­moted in Pun­jab and con­trary to the past a new cul­ture of trans­parency in the uti­liza­tion of pub­lic money is be­ing en­sured. He said that the ten­ure of the last govern­ment was the worst era of cor­rup­tion in the na­tional his­tory dur­ing which na­tional re­sources were looted mer­ci­lessly and pub­lic funds were wasted in the name of devel­op­ment projects. Cit­ing the ex­am­ple of La­hore Ka­sur Road and Ring Road projects, the Chief Min­is­ter said that bil­lions of ru­pees were mis­ap­pro­pri­ated in these ma­jor devel­op­ment projects. He said that when the present lead­er­ship came into power, these projects were in ru­ins but due to the ef­forts of the govern­ment these projects are now a model with re­gard to their qual­ity and stan­dard and com­plete trans­parency has been en­sured in their ex­e­cu­tion.

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