Following Pakistan Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif's visit to ancestral village Jati Umra on Sunday, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal announced a school in memory of Mian Mohammad Sharif, father of Shahbaz Sharif.
Saying it was an historic day for the village, Badal said that in a year's time the government would get the high school constructed.
"I can understand the emotional gestures of the Sharif family and will nurture the village as my own," Badal said, adding that he had sanctioned projects worth Rs 3.5 crore for the village. He announced that all demands put to him by the villagers would be met.
The chief minister also handed over a cheque for Rs 2.5 crore to the village sarpanch for various development works.
Meanwhile, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal said the demand of the villagers to have a gym would also be met and all development works in the village would be completed in a time-bound manner.
Sharif was accompanied by wife Nusrat Shahbaz Sharif and other family members.
Village elders Massa Singh and Gian Singh termed this an historic moment saying the village regarded the Sharif family a lot.
Sharif had to make an extra effort while addressing the villagers as suddenly the microphone went faulty. Though, it was remedied later.
The villagers who haven't seen a bus enter the village were all smiles when one chopper after the other landed at Jati Umra. In all, three helicopters carried the VVIPs to the village.
The delay in the VVIPs' arrival kept the police on toes. As Sharif reached the village around 4.45pm, the police had to re-schedule the return journey via road as the choppers couldn't fly in the dark.
As villagers were waiting for long, Sharif introduced his son and other family members to the villagers on stage.