LAHORE – Hassan Nisar, who is known for speaking against the system, against the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) and all other parties in power, was all praise for the Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif during a TV programme last night.

“Shehbaz knows how to deliver, there are no doubts about his performance. When I speak about Punjab Food Authority, I actually praise the man behind it and that is Shehbaz Sharif,” the columnist said during the show.

Also, last week, a renowned economist and ex-governor of State Bank of Pakistan praised Shehbaz Sharif for his style of governance and delivery in the province of Punjab.

“After all, it was the impressive track record of the Punjab government under the leadership of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif during the 2008-13 period which won the votes for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N),” Dr Ishrat Hussain stated in his book.

The former SBP governor specifically mentioned that if Pakistan wants to move economically ahead, “the approach and working style of CM Shehbaz is best in this regard, and we all must collectively support him”.

Since the disqualification of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court on grounds he had been dishonest and therefore unfit for office, PML-N leaders are rallying behind Shahbaz Sharif as his eventual successor.

Shehbaz is currently serving his third term as Punjab’s chief minister. He previously held the post from 1997-1999, before former military ruler Pervez Musharraf exiled the Sharif brothers to Saudi Arabia, and then again from 2008-2013.

Considered a workaholic, Shahbaz likes to call himself Khadim-i-Aala (chief servant) rather than chief minister.

The Metro Bus projects in Punjab are frequently touted as his biggest achievements.