LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the nature has blessed our country with fertile lands, network of rivers, mineral wealth, high mountains and the best students but its rulers are roaming about in the world with begging bowls.
Addressing graduates of the Ideological Summer School (ISS) at the Aiwan-e-Karkunan-e-Tehreek-e-Pakistan on Monday, the chief minister paid rich tributes to Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT) Chairman and TheNation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami for his services to journalism.
“The NPT has been rendering commendable services for the propagation of principles and thoughts of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal,” Shahbaz said.
To bring back the country from darkness into the era of light, the chief minister said putting an end to the worst corruption culture, besides ensuring the ouster of the gang of Ali Baba and Forty Thieves, was imperative. He said there was a need to develop the habit of self-reliance and give up addiction to begging.
Shahbaz Sharif observed that the NPT was playing a historic role in apprising the youth of the struggle waged for the establishment of Pakistan. He announced 20 laptops and cash prizes for brilliant students of the ISS, besides setting up of summer camps at Danish schools.
“The youth is the leader of tomorrow. It will put the country on the road to progress and prosperity. The nation is still wandering in the darkness and the true vision of Pakistan has not been realised even after 64 years,” the chief minister regretted.
Shahabz Sharif said Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal had visualised such a Pakistan where rule of law, hard work and trust would prevail, but unfortunately today Muslims were killing each other in the name of Islam. He stressed the country could only be transformed into an Islamic welfare state if Islamic teachings and thoughts, as well as vision of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam, were followed in letter and spirit.
“Pakistan is facing an unprecedented energy crisis, because of wrong policies of inefficient rulers,” the chief minister held. As a result of non-availability of electricity, schools, hospitals and other institutions were steeped in darkness, he added.
The chief minister said for the past one-and-a-half month, he had been working in his Minar-e-Pakistan Tent Office, in scorching heat to express solidarity with the people.
Nazaria-e-Pakistan Trust (NPT) Chairman and TheNation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami could not attend the ceremony, but his message was read on the occasion.
Majid Nizami stated that the Two-Nation Theory was a part and parcel of Pakistan’s existence. He stressed the students to work hard and follow the footsteps of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal to succeed in life. He also congratulated the ISS students for completing their course.
Majid Nizami urged the students to focus on information technology (IT) education since it was the only way to stand in the comity of nations. In the end, Majid regretted that he could not attend the ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, NPT Vice Chairman Dr Rafique Ahmad appreciated the steps being taken by the Punjab government for the promotion of quality education.