Mushahidull Khan Statement

خیبر پختونخوا اسمبلی توڑنے کی دھمکی مسائل سے راہِ فرار ہے ، اس طرح کی دھمکیاں اور فیصلے جمہوریت کے لئے خود کش حملوں کے مترادف ہیں ۔ مشاہداللہ خان
عمران خان مسائل سے راہِ فرار اختیار کرنے کے بجائے مسائل کا سامنا کریں
عمران خان آئی ڈی پیز کے معاملے پر سیاست نہ کریں ، وہ یقین رکھیں آئی ڈی پیز کی مشکلات کے حل کے لئے پوری قوم ان کی پشت پر کھڑی ہے
خیبر پختونخوا کے عوام نے عمران خان کے دعوو ¿ں پر اعتبار کرتے ہوئے ان کی جماعت کو مینڈیٹ دیا

پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کے مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات سینیٹر مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا ہے کہ عمران خان کی جانب سے خیبر پختونخوا اسمبلی توڑنے کی دھمکی مسائل سے راہِ فرار ہے ، اس طرح کی دھمکیاں اور فیصلے جمہوریت کے لئے خود کش حملوں کے مترادف ہیں ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ خیبر پختونخوا کے عوام نے عمران خان کے دعوو ¿ں پر اعتبار کرتے ہوئے ان کی جماعت کو مینڈیٹ دیا۔ مشاہد اللہ خان نے کہا کہ عمران خان کے اس دھمکی آمیز اعلان سے جمہوریت دشمن عناصر کو خوشی جبکہ اُن کے ووٹرز میں مایوسی پھیلی ہوگی ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ عمران خان مسائل سے راہِ فرار اختیار کرنے کے بجائے مسائل کا سامنا کریں اور انھیں حل کرنے کی کوششیں کریں ۔ مشاہد اللہ خان نے کہا کہ ثابت ہوگیا کہ ایک سال گزر جانے کے باوجود عمران خان کو یہ تک سمجھ نہیں آسکا کہ منزل تک پہنچنے کے لئے کون سا وسیلہ اور کون سا راستہ اختیار کرنا ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ عمران خان کے طرز عمل سے مسلم لیگ (ن) کی طرف سے بارہا دہرائی جانے والی بات بھی سچ ثابت ہوگئی کہ عمران خان کے پاس نہ تو حکومت چلانے کا تجربہ ہے اور نہ ہی اہلیت ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ عمرا ن خان خود تو امورِ سلطنت چلانے سے نابلد تھے ہی لیکن ان کی وجہ سے خیبر پختونخوا میں موجود ان کی جماعت کے بعض سینئر رہنما بھی اپنے فرائض درست انداز سے انجام نہیں دے پارہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ عمران خان کی جانب سے حکومت توڑنے کی دھمکی اس وقت سامنے آئی ہے جب صوبے میں فوجی آپریشن سے متاثرہ افراد کی آباد کاری اور ان کی مشکلات حل کرنے کا مرحلہ درپیش ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ عمران خان آئی ڈی پیز کے معاملے پر سیاست نہ کریں ، وہ یقین رکھیں آئی ڈی پیز کی مشکلات کے حل کے لئے پوری قوم ان کی پشت پر کھڑی ہے۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ آئی ڈی پیز کو تمام ممکنہ سہولیات بھی دیں گے اور آپریشن کے بعد ان کی مکمل بحالی تک ان کے ساتھ رہیں گے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ مسائل سے راہ فرار بزدلی اور ان کے حل میں کوتاہی بد دیانتی ہے ۔

Mushahidullah Khan talks with media

طاہر القادری ملک میں اشتعال انگیزی پھیلا کر اپنے پیروکاروں کو بغاوت پر اکسا رہے ہیں ، مشاہداللہ خان
عوام نواز حکومت کے منصوبوں کی تکمیل چاہتے ہیں، ملک میں کسی غیر ملکی شہری کو انتشار پھیلانے کی اجازت نہیں دی جاسکتی
پرویز الٰہی ، الطاف حسین اور شیخ رشید سے مل کر انقلاب عوام کے رِستے زخموں پر نمک پاشی کے مترادف ہے، سیاسی یتیم اپنے مستقبل سے مایوس ہو کر طاہر لقادری کی قیادت میں جمہوری نظام پر ڈرون حملے کرنے کی سازشوں میں مصروف ہیں،
پیپلز پارٹی کے رہنماو ¿ں کا یہ دعویٰ قطعی طور پر بے منطق ہے کہ انھوں نے طاہر القادری کو دھرنا دینے کی اجازت دی اور کوئی رکاوٹ نہ ڈالی چونکہ گزشتہ سال بھی طاہرالقادری کی آمد کا مقصد پیپلزپارٹی کی حکومت کو گرانا نہیں بلکہ عام انتخابات کے انعقاد کو مسلم لگ (ن) کی متوقع کامیابی کو بھانپتے ہوئے غیر یقینی بنا دینا تھا،پاکستان مسلم لیگ(ن) کے مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات کی میڈیاسے گفتگو
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پاکستان مسلم لیگ ( ن) کے مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات سینیٹر مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا ہے کہ طاہر القادری سے حکومت کو نہیں پاکستان کے غریب عوام کی زندگیوں ، مال ، اور قومی املاک کو خطرہ ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ طاہر القادری ملک میں اشتعال انگیزی پھیلا کر اپنے پیروکاروں کو بغاوت پر اکسا رہے ہیں ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے ان خیالات کا اظہار میڈیا سے گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کیا ۔ اس دوران صحافیوں کے بعض سوالات کے جواب میں سینیٹر مشاہد اللہ خان نے کہا کہ پیپلز پارٹی کے رہنماو ¿ں کا یہ دعویٰ قطعی طور پر بے منطق ہے کہ انھوں نے طاہر القادری کو دھرنا دینے کی اجازت دی اور کوئی رکاوٹ نہ ڈالی چونکہ گزشتہ سال بھی طاہرالقادری کی آمد کا مقصد پیپلزپارٹی کی حکومت کو گرانا نہیں بلکہ عام انتخابات کے انعقاد کو مسلم لگ (ن) کی متوقع کامیابی کو بھانپتے ہوئے غیر یقینی بنا دینا تھا۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ یہی وجہ تھی کہ طاہرالقادری کے تمام تر غیر آئینی ، غیر قانونی اورآئین شکنی پر مبنی تقاریر اور مطالبات کے باوجود اس وقت کی پی پی پی حکومت نے طاہر القادری کو آنکھوں پر بٹھایا آج جبکہ گزشتہ سال ہونے والے عام انتخابات کے بعد مسلم لیگ (ن) کی حکومت قائم ہوئی اور اب بنیادی مسائل اور درپیش چیلنجز سے عہدہ براہ ہونے کے لئے کوشاں ہے ۔ مشاہد اللہ خان نے کہا کہ سیاسی یتیم اپنے مستقبل سے مایوس ہو کر طاہر لقادری کی قیادت میں جمہوری نظام پر ڈرون حملے کرنے کی سازشوں میں مصروف ہیں۔انھوں نے کہا کہ ملک میں گزشتہ 25سال کے دوران پہلی بار ایک ساتھ بے شمار میگاپراجیکٹس کا ایک ساتھ آغاز کیا گیا ہے ۔ مشاہد اللہ خان نے کہا کہ آئندہ سال سے عوام کو بجلی ، توانائی اور انفرا سٹرکچرکے منصوبوں کا پھل ملنا شروع ہوجائے گا۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ عوام نواز حکومت کے منصوبوں کی تکمیل چاہتے ہیں، ملک میں کسی غیر ملکی شہری کو انتشار پھیلانے کی اجازت نہیں دی جاسکتی ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ پرویز الٰہی ، الطاف حسین اور شیخ رشید سے مل کر انقلاب عوام کے رِستے زخموں پر نمک پاشی کے مترادف ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ عوام نے سیاسی بازی گروں کی سیاست کو 2008ءمیں ہی مسترد کیا تھا اب یہ لوگ بازی گری کی بجائے سیاسی دہشت گردی پر اتر آئے ہیں ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ اگر لاہور میں پیش آنے والے واقعہ میں منہاج القرآن بے قصور ہے تو اسے جوڈیشل کمیشن کے سامنے پیش ہو کر سچ بتا نا چاہیے۔انھوں نے کہا کہ بعض سیاسی بازی گروں کی جانب سے جوڈیشل کمیشن کی مخالفت سے ظاہر ہوتا ہے کہ دال میں کچھ کالا ہے ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ جوڈیشل کمیشن کی تحقیقات سے لاہور میں پیش آنے والے واقعہ کے پسِ پردہ شر پسند کردار بے نقاب ہوں گے۔

Shahbaz Sharif briefs PM Nawaz on security situation

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif have held a meeting here at Raiwind to discuss the aftermath of Model Town episode and the situation arising out of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul Qadri’s scheduled arrival on Monday.

According to a statement issued here Sunday, during the meeting Shahbaz Sharif said the politics of agitation was not a good idea in the prevailing circumstances and those who are indulging in such practice are the enemies of progress and prosperity.

“The intelligent people will reject such politics,” he added.

He briefed the PM over security situation in the backdrop of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s return to the country besides the ongoing probe into the Model Town incident.

Shahbaz Sharif said he would go any lengths to fulfill the prerequisites of justice. (Courtesy: The News)

Confrontational politics to harm national interests: Shahbaz

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday said that politics of protest and confrontation hinders and undermines the national ideals of progress and development.

Speaking to a delegation of national and provincial lawmakers, he said the country has been passing through a critical phase and was facing internal and external challenges, adding that it cannot afford the ‘protest politics.’

The statement comes in the wake of Pakistan Awmi Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s expected arrival in the country.

Qadri earlier had said that if his supporters are harmed upon his arrival, then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would be held responsible and the party would hold protests outside the Prime Minister house in Islamabad.

The chief minister said the elements engaged in politics of agitation were trying to hamper the ongoing process of progress and development, but 180 million patriotic and enlightened people of Pakistan will reject the politics of sabotage and chaos.

Sharif said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has worked day and night during the last one year to steer the country out of problems due to which national economy has improved considerably, adding that the rupee has appreciated 15 per cent against the US dollar while tax collection has also increased.

The CM Punjab said that overall national production has enhanced, textile exports have increased by seven per cent while foreign exchange reserves have exceeded 14 billion dollars.

He said expeditious efforts are being made for resolving energy crisis and 1,700 megawatts of electricity have been added to national grid in a short period while work has been started on 19 projects of generation of 24,870 megawatts electricity.

CM Sharif said China has announced an investment package of $32 billion for energy, infrastructure and other sectors and due to solid and comprehensive measures taken by the government, the pace of progress and development has accelerated.

“Our political opponents have failed to accuse federal or Punjab government of corruption of even a single penny during the last one year and national resources are being spent on the welfare and betterment of the people,” he added.

He said principles of justice and fair play will be fulfilled at all costs regarding the loss of precious human lives in a clash with police in Lahore and those responsible for this tragic incident will not escape punishment.

Shahbaz Sharif said he fully realizes the sentiments of families of the deceased people as well as leaders and workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), adding that he took emergent measures after the sad incident and made some tough decisions to uphold truth and justice.

He said the report of judicial commission will be implemented in letter and spirit and the guilty persons will not escape punishment.

“Shahbaz Sharif cannot tolerate that people are subjected to cruelty merely to remove barricades and is determined to provide justice to the affectees at any cost,” he stressed.

The chief minister said the case registered against sons of PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri was withdrawn the same night, adding as “Khadim-e-Punjab” (servant of Punjab) his six years’ tenure was before the masses.

The Punjab chief minister said he was ready to go to any extent to ensure transparent and impartial inquiry. He said that people of Punjab are like his family and he can fully realise the feelings of the bereaved families.

Shahbaz Sharif said the government has started exemplary programmes to resolve the problems of the masses and hampering this process was neither a service to the country nor a revolution.

Why does Qadri want to land in the capital, asks Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday questioned the intentions of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri for landing in Islamabad while he had planned to proceed to Lahore.

“There should be no doubt that no one will be allowed to conduct any march on Islamabad in the guise of a rally or sit-in,” Chaudhry Nisar said in a statement from his office after a high-level meeting called to discuss security matters relating to Dr Tahirul Qadri.

The minister said due to severe security threats, it was the responsibility of the government to safely guide Dr Qadri and his companions to Lahore.The minister said everyone was allowed to take part in political gatherings but lawful action would be taken against those intending to destablise the government through unconstitutional means.

Nisar said that currently the attention of all the security institutions was towards the war against terror, and it was beyond understanding why Tahirul Qadri wanted to create a disturbance at this critical moment.

It is understood that once Dr Qadri lands in Islamabad, he will be immediately dispatched to Lahore by air. He will have to face some questioning about allegations of money laundering at the airport by the officials concerned before proceeding, the sources said.

The government has decided to keep the federal capital an ‘out of bounds area’ for processions and any huge rally that could be termed a ‘long march’. The government in close and extensive consultations at the high-level has reached the conclusion that Islamabad being the seat of power of the federal government must be protected against any agitation since such activities become a symbol of the erosion of the authority of the administration.

APP adds from Lahore: A spokesman for the Home Department Punjab said Dr Qadri was facing a security threat.He said after the military operation in North Waziristan, terrorists had announced attacks on important political and religious leaders and added that there was also a threat of terrorism at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad and other airports.

The spokesman said terrorists could also target the slow moving convoy of the PAT on the GT Road. He said that leaders of the Tehrik-e-Minhajul Quran had been informed about the security threats. (Courtesy: The News)

Order to arrest Qadri’s activists not issued: Pervaiz

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said on Sunday that the government had not directed the law enforcement agencies to arrest activists of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) and that no one would be allowed to take the law into their hands.

He said that Tahirul Qadri wanted chaos in the country, media reported. In a statement, he said by doing so Tahirul Qadri wanted to disunite the nation and intended to extend unrest in the country. Pervaiz Rashid said Qadri could not survive under democratic rule so he wanted to weaken democracy.

The minister said that Qadri was part and parcel of the regime which had conducted the most rigged elections and referendum of 2002. Talking about the IDPs issue, he said that the government would utilise all available resources to address the sufferings of the affected people of North Waziristan.

The information minister said that all the departments concerned were in direct contact to look after the affected people. He said that Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch, governor and chief secretary were regularly holding meetings for the purpose.

Pervaiz Rashid said the federal and the provincial governments were in coordination with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Fata Disaster Management Authority to facilitate the displaced people. He said the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would not leave the affected people of North Waziristan alone.

The information minister said Imran Khan had failed to express solidarity with the affected people of Thar and Awaran. He said the prime minister had visited Thar and Awaran to mitigate the sufferings of the affected people.Pervaiz Rashid said Imran Khan did not demand the resignation from the provincial government when five hundred terrorists fled Dera Ismail Khan jail.  (Courtesy: The News)

Mushahidullah Khan Statement.

طاہرالقادری خود مشرف کے ساتھ تھے اور آج ان کے انقلاب کے سرخیل بھی مشرف ہی کی ٹیم ہے
قوم چوہدری شجاعت ، شیخ رشید اور پرویز الٰہی کی سیاست کو مسترد کر چکی ، یہ سب ملک اور قوم کے ساتھ مخلص ہوتے تو مشرف کے دور میں انقلاب لے آتے
آج جب ملک میں عوام کے خوشحالی کے متعدد منصوبے شروع ہوئے ہیں سیاسی یتیموں کو انقلاب لانے کا خیال آگیا
طاہرالقادری آئین اور قانون کو نہیں مانتے ، پارلیمنٹ کو بھی نہیں مانتے تو پھر طالبان اور ان میں کیا فرق ہے ؟

پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کے مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات سینیٹر مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا ہے کہ طاہرالقادری خود مشرف کے ساتھ تھے اور آج ان کے انقلاب کے سرخیل بھی مشرف ہی کی ٹیم ہے ۔ قوم چوہدری شجاعت ، شیخ رشید اور پرویز الٰہی کی سیاست کو مسترد کر چکی ، ان کے پاس ماسوائے مشرف کو آئین شکنی کے مقدمے سے نجات دلوانے کے کوئی دوسراایجنڈا نہیں ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ اگر یہ سب ملک اور قوم کے ساتھ مخلص ہوتے تو مشرف کے دور میں انقلاب لے آتے ۔ مشاہد اللہ خان نے کہا کہ آج جب ملک میں عوام کے خوشحالی کے متعدد منصوبے شروع ہوئے ہیں سیاسی یتیموں کو انقلاب لانے کا خیال آگیا ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ طاہرالقادری کے اعلانات اور تماشوں کی وجہ سے ایک دن قومی خزانے کے لئے کھربوں کے خسارے کا سبب بنتاہے ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ طاہر القادری کی جانب سے انقلاب کی تاریخ دینے کا اعلان مضحکہ خیز ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ انقلاب کا ماڈل کیا ہوگا اس کا خود طاہر القادری کو بھی علم نہیں ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ طاہر القادری کس حیثیت سے عام انتخابات کروانے کا اعلان کر رہے ہیں؟ شاید انہیں معلوم نہیں کہ انتخابات کے بعد اقتدار ملتا ہے ، انتخابات سے پہلے نہیں۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ طاہرالقادری آئین اور قانون کو نہیں مانتے ، پارلیمنٹ کو بھی نہیں مانتے تو پھر طالبان اور ان میں کیا فرق ہے ؟ طالبان بھی طاقت کے بل پر اپنا ایجنڈا مسلط کرنا چاہتے ہیں اور قادری بھی ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ قادری بھی منتخب حکومت سے نہیں فوج سے بات کرنے کے قائل ہیں اور طالبان بھی براہِ راست مطالبات پیش کرنے کے متمنی تھے ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ اب عوام فوج اور منتخب حکومت کو الگ کرنے کو دیکھنے کا وقت گزر چکا ، تینوں وہی کرتے ہیں جو ملک کے لئے بہتر ہوتا ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ طاہرالقادری نے ایک ایسے وقت میں فوج کو متنازعہ بنانے کی کوشش کی جب کہ فوج دشمنوں کے خلاف آپریشن میں مصروف ہے ۔

War on terror for survival of Pakistan: Shahbaz Sharif

CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that war against terrorism is the war for survival of Pakistan and every citizen of the country, including elderly people, mothers, youth and children are praying for the success of army.

Talking to the parliamentarians, the chief minister said army had set glorious examples of courage and bravery in every moment of trial. He said, ‘he salutes Shuhada and Ghazis of the armed forces.

Korea: Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Korea have deep-rooted friendly relations and there is a need to promote trade and economic ties between the two countries. He said that volume of trade between Korea and Pakistan should be increased and exchange of trade delegations could play an important role in promoting the economic ties between the two countries.

He was talking to the Ambassador of Korea in Pakistan Song Jong-hwan who met him, here Friday. Matters of mutual interest and promotion of bilateral relations were discussed in the meeting. Both the leaders agreed on promoting the economic and trade ties between the two countries. Talking to the Korean Ambassador, the chief minister said Korea had made rapid progress in a very short period of time and Pakistan wanted to benefit from its experience and expertise. He said Korea had followed development programme of Pakistan and its volume of trade with different countries had exceeded one trillion dollars. He said tremendous development of Korea was a role model for the world and Pakistan wanted to strengthen its economic and trade relations with Korea. Shahbaz Sharif said cooperation of Korea in energy, infrastructure and other sectors would be welcomed. He offered Korean companies to invest in energy, infrastructure and other sectors and assured that all incentives would be offered. He said Korean companies could invest in hydel and coal power plants as there were vast opportunities of investment in these sectors. He said the government was extending special incentives for investment in energy sector. He said a comprehensive strategy had been adopted under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to strengthen the economy of the country and far-reaching reforms had been introduced which were yielding positive results.

Korean Ambassador Song Jong-hwan said his country wanted to promote trade and economic ties with Pakistan. He said the volume of trade between the two countries should be increased. He said Korean companies wanted to invest in Pakistan especially Punjab. He said Punjab was making rapid progress under the leadership of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif who was taking effective measures for the welfare and betterment of the people. The Korean envoy appreciated the efforts of the chief minister for speedy and transparent execution of development projects. (Courtesy: The News)

CM expresses condolences

CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif has condoled over the death of MQM MNA Tahira Asif and said he is deeply grieved over her sad demise and equally shares the grief of MQM and the bereaved family.

The chief minister prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude. He said the criminals involved in firing on Tahira Asif would be brought to justice.

He expressed grief over the deaths of former Principal of National College of Arts and renowned painter Prof Khalid Iqbal, mother of Tazeen Akhtar, senior journalist and Editor of a local daily and mother of Akhlaq Ali Khan, Deputy Director Public Relations Department Punjab. In his separate condolence messages, the chief minister prayed for the departed souls and courage to the bereaved families.

The CM expressed deep grief over the death of several devotees at the Urs of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar due to hot weather and different incidents. He also expressed grief over the death of women in stampede during distribution of ration in Rawalpindi. (Courtesy: The News)

Let’s work for five years, don’t pull our legs: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told the agitating elements “don’t pull our legs and of the country. Let us work for the future of it and serve its youth for five years together dedicatedly.”

Addressing the launch ceremony of Prime Minister’s Youth Proramme (PMYP) scheme for distribution of laptops on Friday at the Jinnah Convention Centre, he said, “I have a clear picture of the world but some TV channels are presenting some other world.”

He said his government would change the fate of the nation within the mandated period as loadshedding, lawlessness and other ills in the society would be eliminated. Nawaz said the politics of strikes and sit-ins was against the progress of the country and asked the political groups to let the PML-N government act upon its agenda of the country’s development.

He said some elements who wanted to take to the streets in the name of revolution, were working on the agenda to push the country back to the era of darkness and misery. On the contrary, the prime minister said, the PML-N government was working on a “real revolution” by making the youth a part of the country’s development.

He said “We are working with commitment and zeal for the development of the country. There is no justification for creating hurdles on our journey of national development. I dream of a bright future for the youth while on the roads some sections of people are bent upon pushing the country back into the dark ages, he said.”

“I am unable to understand the agenda of the people who are agitating. Are they agitating against our development agenda?” The prime minster asked the youth to stand with those who want to take the country forward on the path of peace and prosperity, and not with those who want the nation to plunge into darkness. The people of Pakistan had voted PML-N into power as they believed that this party had the capability to deliver. He said the PML-N is working with determination to eliminate power loadshedding since work has been initiated on mega development projects like Lahore-Karachi motorway and Pakistan-China trade corridor.

He said the government has launched the operation to eliminate terrorism and he is working on a plan to bring legislation on banning illegal weapons across the country. He said his party lacked majority in the Senate and faced difficulties in passage of this new legislation for elimination of illegal weapons. He expressed hope that the opposition parties will realise the importance of such measures to overcome incidents of robbery, extortion and kidnapping for ransom.

He said a feel-good factor has increased the stock index, while new employment opportunities are being generated and all sectors are witnessing positive change. A smart contingent of Punjab Police presented guard of honour to the talented students. The prime minister pointed out that the contingent is especially here to present salute to the “real VVIPs” who are in fact the students of the country.

He informed the audience that under the Rs4 billion scheme, about 100,000 students across the country would be getting quality laptops per year for a period of five years. The scheme is aimed at boosting the scope of research, quality education and improved access to information and communication technology among the graduate and post-graduate level students in the country. The prime minister said that he personally approved the design of the laptop that was prepared by Maryam Nawaz Sharif. He expressed hope that the students will utilise it prudently in the advancement of their studies.

Among other projects for youth, he said Rs1.2 billion had been allocated for the Fee Re-imbursement Scheme (FRS) under which 40,000 students will be getting a refund of up to Rs100,000 every year. “I wish to extend this facility to all the students of Pakistan. No student should remain uneducated due to resource constraints,” he added.

The prime minister referred to his promises made during his election campaign and said he remained committed to take the country forward. The government would facilitate those who had education and skill by providing them enough resources to move forward in their lives and help their families by earning respectably.

He recalled the criticism against the loan scheme for the youth by various quarters, and said that time has proved success of the scheme. Nawaz said that currently only 12,000 applicants had got the loans, while more funds are available for more loan seekers. “I am happy to tell you that the successful candidates have started their businesses and have even started paying back the loan. The loan scheme is a trust we have posed in our youth and they have proved themselves trustworthy. There is a special quota for special persons and students and it is being observed in all the schemes,” he added.

He said that no government in the past had the courage to provide loans of up to Rs2 million to needy youth. No questions were asked to the students to which party they support before providing the laptops, he said. “It does not matter if you have voted for me or not, I am still your prime minister and responsible to provide you all facilities,” he said. In all 1,740 students were present at the Convention Centre to receive their laptops on the launching day. The prime minister also distributed the laptops among the students hailing from all the provinces and Fata, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Nawaz stressed that merit is the only qualification needed to qualify for our schemes.

PMYP Chairperson Maryam Nawaz Sharif said the present democratic government has been effectively fulfilling the promises it made with the people. The launch of the laptop scheme is part of these promises. She said those students who come on merit will be eligible to get a laptop and there would be no discrimination at all. She said all good students will now be able to get all the required help in education and will not lag behind due to lack of resources. She said that similarly the FRS is also getting a very positive response.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif soon after taking oath announced six schemes, of which five were for youth. The FRS, PM Youth Loan, while Micro Finance for the youth will be launched in a few days. He said the Ministry of Finance had already released the full amount of Rs4 billion for the scheme. Local manufacturing of the laptops will create new employment and bring technical expertise to the country, he said. He said with the launch of the 3G technology, the students will experience faster internet speed and mentioned that the students would also get free EVO 3G dongles with their laptops. He said purely merit and transparency are being ensured in the schemes and no political interference at work in it. He said that all youth schemes are to continue for five years.

Higher Educational Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said for the first time, the HEC had received its full budget and got Rs63 billion for various projects. He said an inbuilt application in laptops would provide various academic productivity tools to the students including a Digital Library to access more than 6,000 research journals offered under National Digital Library Programme besides a lot of other online facilities to the students. (Courtesy: The News)