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Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi has said that the caretaker government has efficiently fulfilled its national responsibility by holding the general elections in a transparent and peaceful manner.

He said that European Human Rights Commission and other foreign observers had endorsed the transparency and fairness of the elections and appreciated the arrangements made for the conduct of polls in free and peaceful manner. He said that he was thankful to the media for extending all-out cooperation during the election process. He said that he performed his responsibilities as caretaker chief minister in an honest and impartial manner. He said that Allah be praised that no scandal of the caretaker Punjab government had surfaced during the last two months. He said that Punjab government performed its responsibilities by remaining within the parameters of the Constitution and made no policy decision nor touched any controversial issue. He said that the caretaker government concentrated on transparent and peaceful conduct of elections during this period.

He was addressing the Guest of Honour programme at the Lahore Press Club here on Thursday. The chief minister announced a grant of Rs one million for the Lahore Press Club. Najam Sethi was given council membership for life of the Lahore Press Club on this occasion. Addressing the programme, Najam Sethi said that he is thankful to the office-bearers of Lahore Press Club and the journalist community for inviting him to this programme which was an honour for him.

He said that maintenance of law and order during the elections was a challenge but the caretaker government took up this challenge and provided opportunity to the voters to exercise their right of franchise freely.

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