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Pervaiz Elahi reposes confidence in PPP

GUJRAT, July 7: Deputy Prime Minister Pervaiz Elahi has said the PML-Q does not believe in politics of hypocrisy and has genuine respect for the PPP.

Speaking to a gathering of notables, Q League workers, representatives of the local bodies and the business community (who felicitated Mr Pervaiz Elahi as he arrived in his hometown on Saturday afternoon) at the Zahoor Elahi House, he blamed the Punjab government for spending the entire Punjab budget only in Lahore, thus, depriving the poor people of southern Punjab of development. He said his regime had expended generously on southern Punjab during his tenure as the chief minister.

He questioned the Shahbaz Sharif’s lofty claims of introducing good governance as, according to him, doctors, teachers, labourers and clerks were baton-charged for demanding their rights. Criminal cases were being registered against those demanding the rights and there was no doctor in the public hospitals, he said.

He challenged the Shahbaz-led government to come up with any major project like Rescue 1122, traffic wardens system and cardiology hospitals. He said the people of Gujrat and Gujranwala had been deprived of Sialkot to Lahore motorway as Gujrat had been planned to be linked to that proposed motorway through the construction of the Shahbazpur Bridge over the Chenab. But the present government had shelved all these projects, he said.

It had also stopped completion of the Wazirabad cardiology hospital, he added.

A delegation of pottery manufacturers also called on Pervaiz Elahi and apprised him of the problems being faced by the local industry due to shortage of Sui gas. The DPM assured them of arranging a meeting for them with Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain in the next week.

He is hosting a reception at the Zahoor Elahi House on Sunday (today) for the representatives of the 15 union councils of his native constituency PP-110 from where he had remained undefeated since 1985. Now his son, Moonis Elahi, is MPA since 2008.

DOUBLE MURDER: A man shot dead his father and sister-in-law at Bhooch village in the Karianwala police precinct on Saturday afternoon.

Irfan shot dead his father, Anwar, and Ruqaiya over domestic dispute.

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