Sargodha: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that it is the “achievement” of Zar Baba Forty Thieves that according to the report of Transparency International, now Pakistan has gone up to the 33rd position from 42nd in corruption. He said that at present there is rule of dacoits, looters and corrupt mafia in the country. The Chief Minister said that it is the need of the hour that the country should be rid of Zar Baba Forty Thieves and corrupt mafia for putting it on the road to progress and bringing it into light out of darkness while an honest and the public spirited leadership should be elected in the coming elections for this purpose.
He was addressing a big gathering held in connection with distribution of laptops and internship letters among the talented male and female students at University of Sargodha, today. Vice Chancellor Sargodha University Dr. Muhammad Akram Chaudhry, Special Assistant Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Member Assembly Sardar Shafqat Hussain Baloch, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Barrister Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha, Ch. Shahnawaz Ranjha, Ch. Abdul Razaq Dhiloon, Mehar Rab Lak, Tayyaba Zamir Qureshi, Waris Kallo, Malik Karam Elahi Bandial, Ch. Hamid Hameed, Ch. Kamil Shumail Gujar and Mehar Muhammad Yar Lak besides notables, political and social personalities, directors of sub-campus of Mianwali and Bhakkar and a large number of students, parents and teachers attended the function.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that he is very much pleased to see this prestigious institution of the country where there is a greater enthusiasm among the male and female students than before. He said that Punjab government has taken steps for the uplift of education sector during the last four and a half years in all universities of Punjab including Sargodha purely on merit. The Chief Minister said that the talented students have been given guard of honour and for the first time during 65 years doors of Punjab House Murree have been opened for brilliant youth where British rulers and princes used to stay and now the builders of the country are presented guard of honour there. Shahbaz Sharif said that laptops are being distributed only on merit basis and there is no political interference or nepotism in it. He said that the passions of youth are true and higher than Himalaya who are determined to make the country, the Pakistan of Quaid and Allama Iqbal and such youth cannot be misled through hollow slogans. He said that Punjab government has set up an endowment fund with an amount of Rs.10 billion through which 40 thousand male and female students are continuing their studies. He said that this is a unique educational programme of the country whereas Daanish schools are also spreading knowledge in backward areas.
Shahbaz Sharif said that IT labs set up in schools are playing an important role for promotion of modern technology. He said had we not taken such steps for the promotion of education and betterment of youth, the country would have returned to the age of caves. He said that these steps taken for the youth are not a favour but these are their right. He said that Pakistan is lagging behind in the development race as compared to other countries of the region. The Chief Minister said that unemployment has increased due to decrease in exports, agriculture and industry and the wheel of development has halted. He said that record corruption has been committed during present era. He said that the rulers have pushed the country backward due to their corruption. Shahbaz Sharif said that elections are going to be held in the near future and it is the need of the hour that the country should be rid of Zar Baba Forty Thieves in the coming elections so that country could be put on the road to progress and prosperity in the real sense.
Shahbaz Shabaz said that it is possible only if every child gets high education through which a revolutionary change would be brought in the country’s approach. He said that only poor but talented students get admission in Daanish schools instead of the children of politicians, generals, judges, senior officers, industrialists and landlords. He said that the people particularly youth have to decide about the leadership of the country. The Chief Minister said that if we want to make future of Pakistan bright, the country would have to rid of Zar Baba Forty Thieves so that it could be made self-reliant instead of a begging country. He vowed that we will spare no effort in making Pakistan a great country.
Shahbaz Sharif lauded the educational services and honesty of Vice Chancellor Dr. Muhammad Akram Chaudhy. As many as 5837 laptops and 4089 internship letters were distributed during the function. Earlier, the Chief Minister went to Chak No.19 Janoobi Parianwali, Tehsil Kot Momin to express condolences with MPA Tahir Sindhu over the sudden demise of his brother former MPA Zahid Iqbal Sindhu and his companions. He offered fateha and prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the members of the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif while addressing boy and girl students at laptops and internship letters distribution ceremony at University of Sargodha today, strongly criticized federal government for its anti-people policies and said that in order to launch a crusade against corruption, there is a need to check the activities of thieves and looters.
Commenting upon the unjustified criticism by “Khan Sahib” and giving the title of ‘Dengue Brothers’, Shahbaz Sharif said that had an effective strategy not been adopted to control dengue last year, the country would have faced a serious loss. He said that despite the efforts of the present government, 352 persons died but due to grace of Allah Almighty, no life has been lost this year. Khan Sahib during the period was relaxing in Paris and Britain when people were facing dengue, he added. The students applauded the Chief Minister for bringing the facts to light.