LAHORE: Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led Punjab government is selflessly serving the people.According to a statement issued on Wednesday, the chief minister said that the incumbent government’s tenure was the most transparent as well as the best period in the history of the country.Shehbaz Sharif said that the government had achieved important milestones by completing development projects with speed, transparency and quality.“Transparency, quality and speed are the hallmarks of the provincial government and a large number of the people were benefitting from the welfare-oriented programmes of the government,” he added.The chief minister said that public service and provision of relief to the masses were two important policies of the PML-N. “Our efforts for transforming public deprivations and pains into happiness and joys have borne fruit.”He said that development of less-developed areas was being given special importance under a strategy of ensuring composite development of the province, adding that during previous tenures, southern Punjab was badly ignored and the people of the areas were duped through formalities.Shehbaz said: “The PML-N government has given due importance to the development and prosperity of southern Punjab and more funds have been provided as compared to the population ratio of the area. That is why, PML-N have achieved a marvelous success in Lodhran by-election.”The chief minister went on to say that solid steps have been taken for serving the masses and added that performance of the government was being praised by the people and the politics of lies of the opponents had also been fully exposed. The sit-in group promoted the politics of deceit and baseless allegations and wasted precious time of the nation as they had no interest in solving the problems of the people, he said and added the dishonest elements have always tried to increase public miseries and their problems. Shehbaz said that conscious people were fully aware of the fact that who has selflessly served them and who wasted their time through sit-ins.He said that the load shedding has been eliminated from the country due to untiring efforts of the incumbent government and peace has also been restored in the country along with promotion of trade and economic activities. The PML-N will achieve success in the elections of 2018 on the basis of its performance, he added.Separately, Shehbaz Sharif said that respect to womenfolk and protection of their rights is important part of Islamic injunctions adding that rights and societal respect enjoyed by the women in Islam is unprecedented.The chief minister said that the ruling party has taken historic steps for ensuring protection of women along with giving them due respect and honor in the society.The provincial government had adopted an effective strategy to bring the women in the national mainstream, he said and added effective implementation of the devised policy had been ensured for protecting rights of the women.“In fact, various important steps have been taken to empower the women through different measures along with protection of women’s rights at the grassroots so that they could fully play their role in the society,” he said.He said: “The government had made effective legislation to eradicate violence against women and a state-of-the-art centre has been established in historic city of Multan for providing prompt legal assistance to women in need.” These centres will also be established in other districts of the province, he added. Published in Daily Times, March 8th 2018.