Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi has said the government was determined to undertake all steps to improve quality of life of labourers and ensure their well-being. He said the pace of country’s progress was dependent on proactive manpower, adding that workers and labourers were partners in their endeavours to achieve the national progress and prosperity. In his message on the International Workers’ Day, the CM felicitated all the manpower of Pakistan and expressed his good wishes for them as well. Mohsin Naqvi stated that the day reminds of the struggle of Chicago martyrs, who stood against oppression, adding that labourers were real heroes who augmented the national economy by earning their legitimate livelihoods. He paid tribute to the brave struggle of labourers for progress of the country and highlighted that a labourer’s dignity was brightened and manifested by declaring him “A friend of Allah Almighty”. Mohsin Naqvi saluted the dignity of labourers, saying that no nation could tread the path of progress without them. The CM said that the incumbent caretaker government had enhanced the minimum wages of workers from Rs 25,000 to Rs 32,000. He stressed that there was dire need to equip labourers with the latest technologies in order to improve national production. Mohsin Naqvi underscored that an expeditious,comprehensive and durable target of progress could be attained only through a hardworking, dedicated and spirited manpower. He stated that every year, the International Workers’ Day provided an opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifices and invaluable participation of labourers in the progress and prosperity of their nations across the globe. “Today, we reiterate our pledge to undertake steps to safeguard the rights of the labourers along with their collective welfare,” he added. Hajj pilgrims must strictly follow Saudi Arabia laws: Hajj Director Lahore Iqrar Ahmad said that pilgrims must strictly follow Saudi Arabia laws. Addressing a training programme here on Sunday, he said the Saudi government had implemented severe punishments for beggars. He said, “Beggars are awarded one-year imprisonment besides a fine of 100,000 Riyal.” Iqrar Ahmad said that foreign beggars were expelled from Saudi Arabia after completion of imprisonment. He said that fingerprints of foreign beggars were saved besides imposing ban on their entry into Saudi Arabia. The Hajj director said that pilgrims should take care of the repute of the country after arriving in Saudi Arabia. He suggested that the pilgrims should stay safe from professional beggars and pick pockets.