245 officers, 34 politicians have links with banned outfits: Sarwar

Source:  Dawn.com Published in Politics on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

LAHORE: Punjab’s former governor and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Chaudhry Sarwar has alleged that 245 government officers and 34 politicians in Punjab have links with the banned organisations which shows “anti-peace mindset” in the province.

Talking to newsmen after a ceremony here on Tuesday, he said it was imperative to launch a massive operation against terrorists across the country.

However, he said, in view of serious threats of terrorism, the government officials and politicians having contacts with the “terrorists” should not be spared. Such officials and politicians were a serious threat to peace in Punjab, he added.

“It is government’s responsibility to arrest all such culprit (officials and politicians) and give them an exemplary punishment,” he demanded.

However, he would not give the names of the officials and politicians allegedly having contacts with the banned outfits.

Sarwar said spending just 50 per cent of the development budget showed the rulers’ bad governance in the province.

He said though the rulers continued making tall claims of their “good governance”, practically their performance was zero and added that the government could only utilise half of the annual development budget during the current financial year so far.

If the rulers had focused more on people’s progress and prosperity instead of their own “political advertisement”, the masses would have been enjoying better health and education facilities in Punjab, he added.

Meanwhile, the PTI chairman’s adviser Dr Yasmin Rashid said that the country’s health delivery system was so inefficient that even the prime minister could not trust the state-run facilities.

She said the government instead of spending the taxpayers’ money on improving the health facilities, was “wasting” it on mega projects like Metro buses and train.

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