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PML-N is Urban-centric: Check your facts Mr. Chief Minister

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Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab, criticized Imran Khan a day after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) held what it called a “Tsunami plus” power show at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. Imran Khan announced his 11-points agenda to make Naya Pakistan if he manages to win upcoming general elections. During his speech, Khan bashed at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for their failure to provide basic facilities to citizens.

Education and health sectors need immediate attention in Pakistan but PML-N government is focusing on publicity oriented projects to fool the nation, Khan stated during his speech at Minar-e-Pakistan. Responding to Imran’s blunt remarks, Punjab CM said that “Imran continues to hide behind Shaukat Khanum Hospital, NUML University and the Cricket World Cup, even after five years of his party’s rule in [Khyber Pakhtunkhwa]. Defeat is his destiny.”

As Imran Khan is merely focused on improving education department, health sector and a corruption-free Pakistan, he is often criticized for not updating his speech. Shehbaz Sharif while referring to his speech stated that “[Imran] couldn’t even change his speech in the last 22 years, what makes a certain section of the society hope that he could change their destiny?

Owing to economic exploitation and political marginalization, MNAs, and MPs from South Punjab have formed South Punjab Front to demand a separate province for Saraikis. This is what the CM has conveniently ignored during his talk.

Shehbaz Sharif implicitly mentioned that Imran is a narcissist who believes everything either revolves around him or happens only because of him. “The heart of Imran’s speech is “me”, meaning [he thinks] everything is only possible because of him,” Shehbaz said. While responding to allegations leveled by political opponents against PML-N for “urban centric”, Shehbaz later tweeted an invitation to “those who accuse us” to come to Layyah to see the transformation in the health sector.

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“I invite those who accuse us of being urban-centric 2 come 2 Layyah to see what transformation has been brought about in health sector here. Visit 2 DHQ will give you a fresh perspective about the pervasive health reforms across the province irrespective of urban-rural divide.”

Imran Khan has no updated Speech?

There is no denying the fact that Imran Khan has no updated speech to attract people who wish to listen something completely new. Imran Khan, however, justifies both his stance and speech on a simple premise that his fight is against the system and whatever he is saying and doing is solely intended to replace the existing corrupt political order in Pakistan.

Imran Khan always talks about improving education standards in Pakistan in order to ensure skilled labor and reduce unemployment. He also mentions about providing people with basic health facilities with respect and dignity. He further believes that these things are far more important that Metro and Orange Line plans in Lahore. PML-N leadership, on the other hand, believes that projects like Motorways and Orange Train give new things to talk about during public rallies.

Shehbaz Sharif while referring to his speech stated that “[Imran] couldn’t even change his speech in the last 22 years, what makes a certain section of the society hope that he could change their destiny?

But at this point, Imran Khan is lacking one thing and that is how to market his efforts in KPK? Chief Justice of Pakistan has admired the Inspector General Police and his efforts to reduce crimes in the province. But as a matter of fact, Imran Khan spends more time in bashing his opponent and rarely presents before the public in detail as to what has his party has done in the KPK.

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South Punjab vs. Lahore: Mr. CM Needs to Check some Facts?

The people of South Punjab, comprising Bahawalpur, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Layyah and Bhakkar is a backward and underdeveloped area of Pakistan’s largest and most populated province Punjab. Residents of South Punjab speak Saraiki. Saraikis have often complained that they were being exploited by the upper and central Punjab political elite. Some of the complaints of Saraikis are genuine and need government’s immediate attention.

Imran Khan always talks about improving education standards in Pakistan in order to ensure skilled labor and reduce unemployment. He also mentions about providing people with basic health facilities with respect and dignity.

According to a report of Dunya News, in budget 2017-18, the gap between what was proposed to be spent in Lahore and South Punjab got widened. “Punjab government has earmarked whooping Rs36.75 bln for Lahore’s medical colleges and hospitals in the budget for the FY 2017-18 whereas a petty Rs17.75 bln has been reserved for the provision of medical and health facilities to the residents of southern Punjab, thus widening the budgetary allocation gap by over 100pc,” read the report.

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Chief Minister of Punjab needs to check some facts to know about what is happening in South Punjab where the police is under the influence of local landlords, health facilities are hardly available, teachers in schools are not regular, roads have not been constructed and a large portion of youth is unemployed. Owing to economic exploitation and political marginalization, MNAs, and MPs from South Punjab have formed South Punjab Front to demand a separate province for Saraikis. This is what the CM has conveniently ignored during his talk.


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