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Free judiciary inevitable for country’s progress: Shahbaz

LAHORE: Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said independence of judiciary on the top of PML-N’s agenda as the country cannot progress without independent judiciary. Addressing Pakistan Air Force’s 22nd Air War Collage Course here, he said that the country needed a judiciary which never surrender before any dictator or ruler and his party committed to the cause of independence judiciary.

He said that he had announced on June 08 at Punjab assembly to increase judges pay 300 percent in order to let them take decision independently and transparently. He said the current democratic government would take the country out of the crisis though it inherited the country when it was undergoing from sever crisis created by the dictators; however, he vowed that his government would not leave any stone unturned to convert to people’s deprivations into galas and to put the country on the way of progress.

He said that the provincial government is spending all resources for the betterment of the people by taking steps for the improvement of health, education and law and order sectors.

Punjab government is taking rapid measures to provide quality education as Rs. 30 billion were allocated for the education sector and Rs. 2 billion for Educational Endowment Fund to support poor but intelligent students to get education in the county or abroad, Shahbaz said.

The government has launched a comprehensive programme to build confidence level of students living in remote areas and latter these students would be given admission in high level educational institutions in cities of the province for that the government has allocated Rs. 5 billion to set up model schools in different areas, the CM added.

He said that the government is facing problems such as enrolment of 60,000 schools, absence of teachers from the schools and lack of facilities in the educational institutions but all would be overcome with dedication and hard work.

He criticized former President Musharraf for establishing local government system for his personal interest saying officials of the local government embezzled Rs. 110 billion in the province as neither there was any transparent system to monitor the people’s money nor they were accountable for their black deeds.

He, however, claimed that Punjab government is taking extra ordinary steps to make country a green basket for instance Rs. 02 Billion were allocated for subsidy to provide tractors and other agriculture instruments to the farmers on half rates. The government also reforming the police department as 34000 educators on merit would be recruited soon. Meanwhile, Zulfiqar Khosa, Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, Air Vice Chief Martial Tabriaz Asif and other were also present on the occasion.-SANA

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