LA­HORE

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Shah­baz Sharif has said that Pak­istan at­taches great im­por­tance to its re­la­tions with Bri­tain. He said co­op­er­a­tion in eco­nomic, trade, in­dus­trial and other sec­tors be­tween Pak­istan and Bri­tain should be fur­ther aug­mented.

Chief Min­is­ter ex­pressed th­ese views while talk­ing to Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner Adam Thom­son, who called on him at Model Town on Tues­day.

He said we want trade not aid, while co­op­er­a­tion of Bri­tish in­sti­tu­tions for pro­mo­tion of ed­u­ca­tion in Pun­jab, be­sides other devel­op­ment sec­tor is highly laud­able. He said the Bri­tish in­sti­tu­tion, DFID has pro­duced pos­i­tive re­sults with re­gard to School Re­forms Roadmap.

He said pro­mo­tion of ed­u­ca­tion is top pri­or­ity of Pun­jab government as pro­vi­sion of re­sources to ed­u­ca­tion is not ex­pen­di­ture but a use­ful in­vest­ment. He said, it is only through ed­u­ca­tion that we can erad­i­cate ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism. Var­i­ous mat­ters of mu­tual in­ter­est, bi­lat­eral ties and fur­ther en­hance­ment of mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion came un­der de­tailed dis­cus­sion.

Talk­ing to the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner, Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad Shah­baz Sharif said that in view of im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion, Pun­jab government has made pro­mo­tion of ed­u­ca­tion its top prior-

ity.

He said pur­pose­ful and mean­ing­ful ed­u­ca­tion is be­ing im­parted to younger gen­er­a­tion for rapid progress of the coun­try.

He said a con­crete strat­egy has been adopted to spread ed­u­ca­tion to ev­ery nook and cor­ner of the province, for which Daan­ish schools, have been es­tab­lished to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to the chil­dren of less-priv­i­leged fam­i­lies, liv­ing in far- flung and re­mote ar­eas of the province.

He said Pun­jab government has strictly im­ple­mented merit pol­icy, through­out the province, and no teacher has been re­cruited in vi­o­la­tion of this pol­icy. He said pro­vi­sion of mod­ern tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion is be­ing en­sured to the youth to en­able them earn their liveli­hood in a re­spectable man­ner.

He said the younger gen­er­a­tion is be­ing en­cour­aged through im­ple­men­ta­tion of such rev­o­lu­tion­ary schemes as Daan­ish schools, Pun­jab Ed­u­ca­tion En­dow­ment Fund, Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion voucher scheme, green trac­tors scheme, in­tern­ship pro­gramme, lap­top scheme, Ujala pro­gramme, and other mas­sive devel­op­ment works.

He said good gov­er­nance, merit and trans­parency of Pun­jab government is be­ing ac­knowl­edged even by in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions and now In­dia is copy­ing devel­op­ment projects of Pun­jab as Ut­tar Pradesh government is pro­vid­ing lap­tops to the younger gen­er­a­tion on the pat­tern of Pun­jab government.

He said few years ago Pak­istan used to copy In­dia but, by the grace of God, Pun­jab government has es­tab­lished such high stan­dards of devel­op­ment, dur­ing the last five years, that In­dian prov­inces are fol­low­ing the pro­grammes of Pun­jab government.

He said the In­dian Pun­jab has also sought our help in the sec­tor of solid waste man­age­ment. He said Pun­jab government has achieved un­prece­dented devel­op­ment in the 65 years his­tory of the coun­try, de­spite dif­fi­cul­ties and ex­treme op­po­si­tion by the fed­eral government. He said soon gen­eral elec­tions would be held in Pak­istan, while th­ese elec­tions are not only im­por­tant for change of government, but are also cru­cial for the very sur­vival of the coun­try. He hoped that peo­ple would se­lect and vote for only hon­est, ded­i­cated, de­ter­mined and sin­cere lead­er­ship in forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions, which is ca­pa­ble to un­der­stand and solve their prob­lems.

He said Pak­istan Mus­lim League-N is sin­cerely en­deav­or­ing that an agree­ment on care­taker setup should be reached soon, and such names should be brought for­ward, as are unim­peach­able and whole coun­try agrees on them. He said PML-N has given very re­spectable names for cen­tre and Pun­jab care­taker setup upon which the whole na­tion agrees.

He said fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion on care­taker setup is con­tin­u­ing in the party, how­ever, it is es­sen­tial that con­sen­sus be evolved re­gard­ing care­taker prime min­is­ter and chief min­is­ters, so that they are fully ca­pa­ble of dis­charg­ing du­ties of their high of­fice with clean hands.

Talk­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner Adam Thom­son said Pak­istan is an im­por­tant coun­try of the re­gion and Bri­tain at­taches great im­por­tance to its re­la­tions with it, while co­op­er­a­tion in ed­u­ca­tion and other sec­tors with Pun­jab would con­tinue. He also ap­pre­ci­ated steps taken by Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Shah­baz Sharif for the up­lift of ed­u­ca­tion and devel­op­ment of other sec­tors in the province.

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