Wednesday Feb 21, 2018
LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has claimed that the Punjab government has successfully eliminated corrupt practices from the province.
Addressing a ceremony in Lahore, Shehbaz said that the 150-years old patwari culture was the worst possible system of administration.
"The corrupt system is a thing of past," he said. "Punjab's land record system is ranked number one in the world."
The chief minister also said that the relevant authorities should take action against corrupt patwaris.
"The farmers of Pakistan were oppressed by the patwari system," said Shehbaz. "Records used to be tampered but that system is a thing of past now."
Shehbaz continued to say that farmers can easily obtain loans against their property documents.
"Farmers are able to purchase fertilizers for half the price, thousands of farmers have the facility to obtain interest-free loans, and cheaper electricity is being provided to tube wells."
"The impression created by the National Accountability Burea (NAB) that the Punjab government is not cooperating is false," the Punjab chief minister said.
"Officials have clear instructions to lend full cooperation to NAB."
"We are not worried about anything. The Punjab government has served the nation and we will never support any corrupt officer," he said.
Shehbaz stated that the province has conducted the process of self-accountability and has no objections to the role of NAB.
"The process of accountability is always impartial," he said. "We have no objection to NAB's role.