From Parvez Jutt
LAHORE: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office here yesterday.
Both the leaders strongly condemned the Indian state-sponsored terrorism in occupied Kashmir and incidents of unprovoked firing at the line of control (LOC) by Indian army.
Talking on the occasion, the chief minister said unabated incidents of firing by Indian army at the LoC was highly condemnable, adding continued silence of the international conscience over most atrocious cruelties of occupied Indian armed forces against unarmed Kashmiri civilians was deplorable.
The PTI government had exposed the Indian cruelties at every level as aggressive Indian designs were a continued threat to the regional peace, he said.
Talking with reference to the development of southern Punjab, the chief minister said cabinet meetings would be held in other divisions as well after Bahawalpur. Steps had been started to improve the entry and exit points of Multan and other southern Punjab divisions, he said.
Meanwhile, a separate secretariat for the southern Punjab would be established from next financial year, he said and added that a separate annual development program would be maintained for southern Punjab and the promises made with the people of southern areas of the province would be fulfilled at every cost.
He said a project of establishing the cancer hospital in Multan was under consideration.
“Our agenda is public service and a sovereign Pakistan under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan is our destination,” Buzdar said.
Talking on the occasion, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan had highlighted the core issue of Kashmir at every forum. The PTI government believed in maintaining brotherly relations with all the countries of the world but no compromise would be made on solidarity and sovereignty of the country, he added.
Federal parliamentary Secretary Makhdoom Zain Qureshi was also present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Kanwal Shauzab MNA, Syed Samsam Ali Shah Bukhari MPA and PTI leader Rai Hassan Nawaz also held meetings with the chief minister at his office.
Talking on the occasion, Usman Buzdar said he would visit every district and tehsil of the province. He said long-awaited problems of Ahmadpur East would be resolved on priority basis.
It was a responsibility of local bodies to improve the cleanliness situation and action would be initiated against relevant officers and officials failing to solve the problems of masses, he said.
Chief Minister Usman Buzdar directed that deputy commissioner Bahawalpur should personally visit Ahmadpur East and take immediate steps for the solution of problems.
Usman Buzdar said he would soon visit Sahiwal division and decisions would be made in consultation with assembly members and party leaders of the division. “Provision of necessary facilities of life and prompt solution of problems of masses is priority agenda of the government and our every moment is meant for giving a better future to the general public,” he added.
He said the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan was the assurance of a bright future and Pakistan was moving in right direction under his dynamic leadership.
He said a strategy had been devised to devolve the fruits of change at the grassroots and a new example had been set by introducing reforms in different sectors in a short period of time. “By the grace of Almighty Allah, Pakistan will achieve its true destination in 2019,” the chief minister concluded.