Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that jugglers, from abroad, with an imported agenda, want to derail democracy, however the people would never allow their nefarious aims of destroying democratic system to succeed. He said, during the last five years, Zar Baba Forty Thieves have been looting national exchequer mercilessly, while he has been raising his voice against the corrupt gang from the very first day. He said those who enjoyed luxurious lifestyle abroad, for the last five years, are now raising slogans for eradication of corruption and bring about a change in the country.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that 180 million people of Pakistan are asking the imported elements as to where were they when the nation was faced with natural calamities, like floods and dengue virus, and when the corrupt gang was indulging in loot and plunder in the country. The Chief Minister said that people are fully conscious and well-aware of the nefarious aims of these imported elements to derail democratic system, who will be badly defeated.
He said time has come to get rid of Zar Baba Forty Thieves, in addition to bringing forward an honest leadership, which feels the pain of the nation. He said Punjab government has taken steps to empower the youth, which are unprecedented in the 65 years history of the country. He said two lakh twenty five thousand laptops have been distributed, purely on the basis of merit among the brilliant girl and boy students, at a cost of Rs.8 billion. He said the process of distribution of laptops would be completed successfully by the end of this month.
He was addressing a mega function of laptops distribution at Law College ground in Punjab University, here today. Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Special Assistant Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Members National and Provincial Assembly, Secretary Higher Education, professors, teachers, parents and a large number of male and female students attended the ceremony. 10212 laptops were distributed among the male and female students of the university during the ceremony. A smart contingent of Punjab Police presented guard of honour to the merit scholars.
Addressing the ceremony, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif congratulated the youth on acquiring laptops and said that he is feeling extremely happy to participate in the ceremony. He said enthusiasm and joy being shown by the boy and girl students in the ceremony reflects that the younger generation would bring about prosperity and development in the country, in a revolutionary manner, through their hard work, intelligence and skill. He said girl students have again won in the competition to acquire laptops as compared to boy students. He said girl students are leading in the academic field, throughout the educational institutions of the country, as compared to boy students. He said as women are showing best performance in the academic field, they would have to play a vigorous role in the practical field as well, to transform Pakistan into a country as was envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. He said instead of sitting at homes after acquiring education, women would have to step forward to play their active role in progress, prosperity and development of the country, because no nation can meet modern challenges and problems, until the whole nation is equally participating in collective national development.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab government has spent huge resources to empower the youth because spending money on them is not an expenditure, but a useful investment. He said Punjab government has achieved many landmarks which are unprecedented in the history of the country, in the field of education. He said steps taken by Punjab government, such as laptops distribution among brilliant girl and boy students, provision of financial assistance through Educational Endowment Fund, establishment of Daanish schools, encouraging position-holders, setting up of IT labs in schools to impart modern education to students and to arrange visits of position-holders to foreign prestigious educational institutions, are proving to be revolutionary. He said, during the last 65 years, guard of honour had been given only to presidents, prime ministers, dictators, chief ministers and few corrupt rulers, however Punjab government has created a new tradition of according guard of honour to the future-builders of the country.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that strict merit policy has been implemented, throughout the province, during his tenure, while 70 thousand teachers and 25 thousands officers and officials have been inducted in the police department, purely on the basis of merit. He said, not a single laptop has been given against the merit principle as even he does not have any discretionary powers of granting laptops. He said we have spent national resources for the uplift and welfare of the people and have granted rights to those who deserved. The Chief Minister said that during the last 65 years, the present rotten system has given nothing to the people while the basic principle of merit and justice has been destroyed. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that he announces with all humility, bearing Allah Almighty as witness, that not a single step has been taken in Punjab against merit. He said that our past and our present are in front of everyone, and we are accountable in the court of the people and Allah Almighty.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif further said that the imported elements are claiming that they did not get even a Panadol tablet from the national exchequer as MNA. The Chief Minister said that he wants to remind the newly-arrived elements with an imported agenda that people cannot be hoodwinked by giving such examples of not getting a Panadol from the national exchequer. He said, apart from Zar Baba Forty Thieves, there are such people present in the country who consider national resources as a sacred trust. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that he asserts with all humility that, during the last four and a half years, he has not got even a single penny of salary as Member of Punjab Assembly, as his salary and amenities are being donated to a trust performing the duty of providing help to the ailing humanity. The Chief Minister said that he has been a patient of cancer, and lakhs of rupees have been spent on his healthcare every year, but he has never received a single penny from the national exchequer, for his medical treatment. He said that imported elements should have supported the people against Zar Baba Forty Thieves in order to eliminate corruption, but these jugglers have come to destroy democratic system. The Chief Minister stressed that the aims of these imported jugglers would never be allowed to succeed. He said those who give examples of Panadol, should realize full well that the nation and the country can never be derailed from the democratic path. He said that we have to make collective efforts to remove Zar Baba Forty Thieves and bring about a true leadership which could ensure a sovereign and progressive Pakistan.
The Chief Minister pointed out that the follower of an imported agenda has to be defeated with the help of the people. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that, on the one hand, we have atomic missiles and but on the other hand we are carrying begging bowl, but water and fire cannot go together. He said we have to break the begging bowl and rely on our own resources to achieve a dignified position in the international community. He said Punjab government rejected such aid of ‘Aghyaar’ one and a half years ago which compromised national respect and dignity, however the development process is continuing in Punjab despite shunning the aid of ‘Aghyaar’. He said we would have to live within our meager means, but should never prostrate before ‘Aghyaar’. He said self-reliance is a difficult path, but not impossible. He said that the country can be transformed into a truly Islamic welfare state by adopting golden principles of hard work, honesty and trust.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor Punjab University Dr. Mujahid Kamran presented his address of welcome to the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and thanked him for laptops distribution to encourage brilliant girl and boy students. Later, the Chief Minister distributed laptops among the merit scholars.Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif addressed the function of distribution of laptops among the talented male and female students at Punjab University in a very enthusiastic manner and while strongly criticizing the imported agenda of the imported jugglers as well as corruption of Zar Baba Forty Thieves declared that the tactics of the looters of national wealth and imported jugglers for postponing elections cannot succeed upon which the students clapped loudly. During the function, the Law College ground was jam-packed with male and female students and they were very enthusiastic.
The Chief Minster while seeing the enthusiasm of the students expressed the hope that there will certainly be a revolution of progress and prosperity in the country. When the Chief Minister arrived at the venue of the function, thousands of male and female students warmly welcomed him by raising enthusiastic slogans. The Chief Minister in response to their slogans waved his hands. The Chief Minister sang ‘Choo lo aasman – tum ho Pakistan” upon which the entire audience became emotional. When singer Nadeem Abbas sang the national song :”Aey Rohe Quaid-Aaj Ke Din Hum Tujh Se Wada Kartey Hain”, the Chief Minister hummed at his seat.
The Chief Minister during his speech said that Governor House Murree where once British Queen used to stay, has now been opened to position-holders. He said that eleven billion rupees were saved through an agreement made with Turkish companies for solid waste management whereas the rulers sitting in Islamabad have looted trillions of rupees of the nation. During the function, the students kept on dancing and raising slogans from time to time. At the end of the function, the Chief Minister while reading out the following verses said that these are very close to his heart and the secret of progress and prosperity of Pakistan lies in these verses.