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PM offers Rangers’ deployment in South Punjab to end ransom incidents

RAHIM YAR KHAN: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday asked the Punjab government for necessary
measures to check growing incidents of kidnapping for ransom, and offered to deploy Rangers for assistance. Gilani, who is here on a day-long visit to perform the ground-breaking of several development projects for southern Punjab, in his address at a public gathering, pointed to the growing complaints of increasing incidents of lawlessness, extremism and
terrorism and vowed to eradicate them.

He said if the Punjab government desired, the federal government could deploy Rangers for its assistance to clear the area
of miscreants. He said the government would not allow anyone to create law and order situation. He said all political parties were unanimous on standing against the challenge of terrorism and extremism. He said all state institutions were strong and were working for further strengthening of the country.

The Prime Minister lauded the personnel of police and security forces for sacrificing their lives for the protection of people. The Prime Minister said Shaheed Benazir Bhutto bridge near Chachran Sharif would link the area with rest of the country and would usher in an era of progress and development of the area. He announced construction of a flyover to link two parts of the city. He also announced upgradation of Khawaja Farid College to university level and land for a graveyard for minorities.

He said the Benazir Income Support Programme, which was being acclaimed internationally for its transparency, would also
provide health insurance and savings to women on certain slabs of the utility bills. He also announced a campus for Allama Iqbal Open University, which he said, would help educate the youth and provide them better job opportunities.

Gilani directed all the ministers to meet local party chapters, wherever they visit and said that such interaction would strengthen the party, that was a symbol of unity and federation. Gilani said Rahim Yar Khan was his home as his mother belonged to this region and he had a long standing relations with the people. He said the people of the region had supported Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and they had always stood by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.

He said Rahim Yar Khan was located on the cusp of three provinces and had a great significance. He said the sense of deprivation of the southern Punjab would be removed by the PPP by empowering the people and give them their due share in the national development. Gilani said Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gave the nation a Constitution and his government fulfilled the promise of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto to restore it into its original form.

The government, he said, also fulfilled the pledge of the Shaheed leader to restore the deposed judiciary. Gilani said the mission of two Shaheed leaders to give awareness to the people about their due rights, would also be accomplished. He said the government was pursuing a policy of reconciliation, with the sole aim of serving the masses as it believed in the sanctity of the people’s mandate. If the people do not want us back, we will sit at the opposition benches and continue to serve the masses, he added.

He said the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto serves as a beacon light for the party to follow. He said Shaheed Bhutto announced restoration of democracy while addressing a gathering here and even sacrificed her life for the cause. He said all state institutions were powerful and fully independent to perform their duties.

Gilani said the objective of PPP was to strengthen and empower the people of the country without any discrimination. He said the party had always stood by the minorities and would continue to do so. Prime Minister Gilani said when his government came into power, there was shortage of wheat, sugar and other commodities, but now their support price had been raised and the farmers were getting a hefty price for the hard labour they put in.

He said Pakistan was today in a position to export wheat, besides meeting its food requirements. The gathering was also addressed by Minister for Textiles Makhdoom Shahabuddin, and attended by members of national and provincial assemblies, besides leaders and workers of associated organizations of the Pakistan Peoples Party and a large number of
women.-APP

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