LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Sunday announced Rs.1000 raise in monthly salary of labourer, and vowed to eliminate child labour from the province.
“Every labourer will get fourteen thousand rupees salary from July 1,” the CM announced while addressing a special ceremony in connection with the International Labour Day in Lahore.
He further said that Rs.1000 will be provided monthly to each child, who will leave brick kiln and enroll in the school.
Shahbaz Sharif, who is a central leader of his brother’s Pakistan Muslim League-N, did not forget using the occasion to criticise his opponents – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
“Khan Sahib! Why don’t you take out rally against your own people who are involved in load write-offs and holding offshore companies?” Shahbaz said while criticizing PTI for Sunday’s rally in Lahore.
Regarding Rs.10 billion defamation notice served on him by PTI’s Jahangir Khan Tareen, he said “if God willing I will win the case and hand this money over to the nation.”
Tareen on Wednesday served Rs.10 billion defamation notice to Shahbaz Sharif and demanded him to publicly apologize for leveling “false allegations” against him.
“The establishment and bureaucracy have got wave off loans worth million of rupees to lead Pakistan to bankruptcy,” he said.
Referring to young PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto, who has called upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down till completion of Panama Papers investigation, Shahbaz Sharif said “a child says go home mister prime minister, but he doesn’t even bother to look back at five-year rule of his father whose government is has a track record of mega corruption scandals.”
Nawaz Sharif is under tremendous pressure from opposition to step down since his family members were named in the mass leak of offshore account data from the Panama firm Mossack Fonseca.
To probe the Panama Papers, the PM has announced formation of judicial commission under Chief Justice of Pakistan, but the opposition is not satisfied with terms of references (TORs) for the commission.