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 Pak Army has full support of nation: Rana Iqbal
 Updated at: 0715 PST,  Sunday, November 15, 2009
 LONDON: Describing the people of Pakistan as resilient and hardy, Punjab Assembly speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan expressed the hope they would eventually overcome the present challenges facing the country.

Speaking at a dinner hosted in his honour by a PML-N activist Malik Riaz last night, he focussed on the need to follow the motto of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah of ‘Unity, Faith and Discipline’ in order to translate the vision of the founding father into reality and make Pakistan a truly progressive and democratic country.

Rana Iqbal is currently in the UK attending Commonwealth Parliamentary Speakers Conference. He spoke of the current military campaign in South Waziristan and said it has the complete support of the people of Pakistan just as they backed a similar drive against extremists in Swat and Malakand region.

He said there was no lack of talent in the country which needs to be channelised and harnessed in productive way for the good of the country.

The speaker said the overseas Pakistanis are the ambassadors of the country and their concern about their land of origin was genuine and indisputable.

He spoke about the performance of Punjab Assembly during the past 18 months and said it has passed 17 bills which have now become legal documents.

The speaker lauded the working of the current Punjab Government under Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and said as a dynamic person he is working whole-heartedly for the welfare of the people.

“The Chief Minister has deputed honest Police and other civilian officials at the district level to ensure peace and development works,” he said.

He said the Punjab Government has also increased the salaries of the lower judiciary officials to weed out corruption. The Punjab Government, he added, was carrying out many development schemes in various parts for the welfare and prosperity of the people.

Rana said PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has extended full support and assistance to the Federal Government for the resolution of problems facing Baluchistan.

He said the Punjab Assembly was the first to pass a resolution against the constitutional misdeeds of former military dictator Pervez Musharraf.

The speaker also emphasised on the importance of greater democracy within the parties through holding of regular elections at the grass root level.

Responding to a question, the speaker said MQM was free to do politics in Punjab and elsewhere as now Pakistan is a democratic country with independent judiciary and strong media as well.

The UK-based member of Punjab Assembly Dr. Ashraf Chohan who is also the President of UK-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, while speaking on the occasion narrated the role of PML-N in the restoration of democracy, the Chief Justice of Pakistan as well as the recent withdrawal of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) by the Federal Government.

He appreciated the way Rana Iqbal had been conducting the rule of business in the Punjab Assembly and said he has been running the legislative body in a admirable way.
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