Op­po­nents can’t prove any cor­rup­tion in Pun­jab: Shah­baz

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad Shah­baz Sharif has said that the el­e­ments en­gaged in base­less pro­pa­ganda against lap­top scheme and Ujala pro­gramme for the tal­ented boy and girl stu­dents have no con­cern with the wel­fare and bet­ter­ment of the masses.

He said he wants to make it clear to his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents, who are de­scrib­ing merit-based distri­bu­tion of lap­tops and so­lar lamps among bril­liant stu­dents as an at­tempt to pur­chase their vote that the pur­pose of th­ese schemes is to en­cour­age merit schol­ars and it is their right.

He said that the aim of cre­ation of Pak­istan was to elim­i­nate dis­crim­i­na­tion be­tween the rich and the poor but un­for­tu­nately this gulf has fur­ther widened dur­ing the last 65 years. He said that es­tab­lish­ment of Daan­ish schools, launch­ing of metro bus project and other wel­fare pro­grammes like lap­top scheme and Ujala pro­gramme is a mean­ing­ful at­tempt to re­move class dis­crim­i­na­tion. He was ad­dress­ing lap­tops distri­bu­tion cer­e­mony among 1145 boy and girl stu­dents of Mur­ray Col­lege Sialkot, to­day. Mem­bers Na­tional As­sem­bly Khawaja Muham­mad Asif, Mur­taza Amin, Rana Ab­dul Sat­tar, Dr. Nel­son Azeem, Ad­vi­sors Zaeem Hus­sain Qadri, Man­sha Ul­lah Butt, Mem­bers Pro­vin­cial As­sem­bly, teach­ers and a large num­ber of merit schol­ars at­tended the func­tion. A con­tin­gent of Pun­jab po­lice pre­sented guard of hon­our to the stu­dents.

Ad­dress­ing the cer­e­mony, Muham­mad Shah­baz Sharif said that girl stu­dents are show­ing bet­ter per­for­mance and wher­ever he went for distri­bu­tion of lap­tops he found that girl stu­dents had taken lead over the boy stu­dents.

He said that out of 1145 stu­dents se­lected on merit un­der lap­top scheme in Sialkot only 195 were boy stu­dents. He said that the way the daugh­ters of the na­tion are show­ing out­stand­ing per­for­mance in ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor it seems that in­stead of Khadim-e-Pun­jab some Khadima-ePun­jab might be­come the chief min­is­ter. He said that lap­tops are be­ing dis­trib­uted among merit schol­ars of Pun­jab with a sum of eight bil­lion ru­pees and it is an ex­cel­lent in­vest­ment for en­sur­ing a bright fu­ture for the youth. Sim­i­larly, he said, so­lar pan­els are be­ing given at a cost of Rs.2.5 bil­lion.

He said that ba­sic pur­pose of pro­vid­ing so­lar pan­els to boy and girl stu­dents is to en­able them con­tinue their aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing load­shed­ding. He said that he wants to make it clear that the op­po­nents of lap­tops and so­lar lamp schemes do not want to see the coun­try flour­ish and pros­per. He said that youth of the coun­try are con­scious and no one can pur­chase boy and girl stu­dents who study un­der the light of lantern.

He said that an agree­ment has been signed with Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional to judge the trans­parency of metro bus project, Ujala pro­gramme and lap­top scheme and this in­de­pen­dent in­sti­tu­tion has writ­ten to Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Ch. Per­vaiz Elahi, In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Qa­mar Zaman Kaira and other crit­ics to give proof of cor­rup­tion in th­ese projects. He said that wel­fare pro­grammes of Pun­jab government are highly trans­par­ent and the op­po­nents can­not prove cor­rup­tion of even a sin­gle penny in th­ese projects.

He said that if any ir­reg­u­lar­ity came to sur­face, he would be ready to face accountability. He said that if any de­part­ment was found in­volved in cor­rup­tion, the guilty per­sons will not be spared. He said that chil­dren of poor fam­i­lies and work­ers have equal right over ed­u­ca­tion and keep­ing this fact in view has set up Daan­ish schools in far-flung ar­eas of the province to pro­vide mod­ern ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties to the chil­dren of re­mote ar­eas.

He said that the whole na­tion from Karachi to Peshwar has risen against cor­rup­tion of Zar­dari and his cronies and the days of th­ese cor­rup­tion kings are num­bered. He said it is strange that those who looted na­tional ex­che­quer ruth­lessly dur­ing their ten­ure are rais­ing hue and cry about cor­rup­tion.

He said that th­ese el­e­ments did noth­ing dur­ing their rule for up­lift and bet­ter­ment of masses, but were now en­gaged in base­less pro­pa­ganda against wel­fare-ori­ented projects. He said that if the masses brought Pak­istan Mus­lim LeagueN into power with their votes in the forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions, the des­tiny of the na­tion will be changed un­der the lead­er­ship of Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif and dark­ness will be re­placed with light within two years.

Ear­lier on his ar­rival in Sialkot, the Chief Min­is­ter in­au­gu­rated Nawaz Sharif Hockey Sta­dium which has been con­structed at a cost of three crore 95 lakh ru­pees. An ex­hi­bi­tion match was also played be­tween two hockey teams of Sialkot at the newly-con­structed sta­dium. Singer Nadeem Ab­bas pre­sented the song Choo Lo Aas­man, Tum Ho Pak­istan, dur­ing lap­top distri­bu­tion cer­e­mony which was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Later, the Chief Min­is­ter dis­trib­uted lap­tops among merit schol­ars.

Ad­dress­ing of­fice-bear­ers of Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try Sialkot, the Chief Min­is­ter said that it is not dif­fi­cult to re­solve en­ergy cri­sis, how­ever se­ri­ous ef­forts are re­quired for this pur­pose. He said that power theft in any province should be curbed. He said that fed­eral government is fully aware where power theft of bil­lions of ru­pees is be­ing com­mit­ted.

He said that ef­fec­tive mea­sures are needed to check this prac­tice. He said that the coun­try is plunged in dark­ness for the last five years and there is nei­ther elec­tric­ity nor gas. He ques­tioned why the rulers did not have the idea of agree­ment with Iran four years ago. He said de­spite op­po­si­tion of fed­eral government, he has brought for­eign in­vest­ment of 600 mil­lion dol­lars to Pun­jab and pro­moted trade and eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties in the province un­der an ef­fec­tive strat­egy while in­dus­trial process has also been ac­cel­er­ated.

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