Mohammad Ali Jinnah once said (on the 11th of July 1947 to a session of the Constituent Assembly of the yet-to-be-formed Pakistan) that the first duty of a State was to protect the life and liberty of its citizens – the classic Magisterial role of the State.
Somehow, the previous Punjab Government of Pervaiz Elahi got it into its head that, having solved all of the Punjab’s other problems, the second duty of a State was to provide entertainment – the classic diversion employed by Roman Caesars and others to distract the population from important matters. Thus the Punjab Entertainment Company was formed and an IMAX cinema planned for the well-to-do on Lahore’s M.M. Alam Road.
Now, about 1.4 billion wasted Rupees later, the Punjab Government of Shahbaz Sharif has seen the light and have decided to shelve the project.
IMAX theatre project shelved
LAHORE: The Punjab Entertainment Company (PEC) has been dissolved following Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s directives on Saturday night.
Director General Public Relation (DGPR) Mohyuddin Wani has been given the additional charge of the company to monitor its wrap-up process.
According to the sources, several politicians and bureaucrats have reportedly benefited from the PEC’s IMAX project, which is worth Rs 1,411.271 million. The officers were drawing hefty salaries and enjoying perks without doing any work, they added
Former chief minister Pervaiz Elahi had launched the IMAX theatre project after he was inspired by the IMAX theatres in Germany and England.
On Elahi’s request to the Canadian high commissioner, an IMAX Corporation delegation from Canada visited Lahore and briefed the authorities about the construction of the theatre.
Shahbaz Sharif, after taking over as the chief minister, had visited the site and constituted a committee to evaluate the project. The committee recommended that he wind up the project as the government was not in a position to complete it, as it was too costly.
DGPR Wani told Daily Times that he would take the charge on Monday (today).