Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of a shelter project in Lahore today for the down-and-out segments of society who spend nights on the streets under the open sky.
Addressing the ceremony, PM Imran Khan said, “There was a concept of monarchy in Punjab and ministers were used to luxuries.”
“We have resources but are not concerned with the homeless because they are not our vote bank,” PM Imran Khan added.
The PM Khan continued, “We have spent the last two months saving the country from default, and we the country has been saved. We now have to concentrate on making Pakistan a welfare state and this is the first step.”
“I spoke to the Punjab chief minister and decided to allocate five spots for the homeless to make shelters. These spots are in areas where people arrive from outside the city to seek employment,” PM khan added.
A number of homeless people usually spend nights on footpaths or other places without roof over their heads in different areas of Lahore city.
These people also require the basic needs of life including availability of facilities like washing clothes and staying safe at night, besides accessibility to the first aid.
Usman Buzdar belongs to an area of Punjab that is the most backward. People there have no water or electricity,
The project would address certain issues like restoration of self-respect of the shelter less people, meeting their requirements at these abodes, reducing the risks besides, expanding periphery of the social responsibilities of the state and citizens.
The building would be based upon state of the art design with simplicity to improve its utility, besides availability of separate facilities to ensure best usage of the place.
It will also include construction of multi-purpose halls for imparting training and holding of public awareness programmes on vital social objectives.
“It was Allama Iqbal’s and Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s dream to make Pakistan a model Islamic state.”