Shahbaz asks federal govt to give up reliance on foreign assistance
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.