LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif called upon students receiving laptops to utilise technology as a weapon against poverty and ignorance and ensure a dignified status for the country by acquiring modern education.
He said that distribution of laptops among students would bring about a revolution in the country’s education sector. He announced that the provincial government had planned to distribute a further 300,000 laptops among top scoring students next year.
He was addressing a function held to distribute laptops among 945 students in Sahiwal on Tuesday.
The recipients included 460 students of Government Postgraduate College, 292 of Bahauddin Zakariya University Sahiwal Campus, 97 of Sahiwal Medical College and 96 of Government Girls College.
Provincial Minister for Zakat and Ushr Malik Nadeem Kamran, Punjab Chief Minister’s Adviser Zaeem Hussain Qadri, MNA Pir Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MPAs Muhammad Arshad Jutt, Malik Jalaluddin Dhaku, Pir Khizar Hayat Shah Khagga, Nadeem Abbas Rabera, DCO and Sahiwal commissioner, a large number of students and their parents, educationists and several notables of the city were present on the occasion.
The CM said that Pakistan could not be transformed in accordance with the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal without adopting the virtues of honesty, hard work and merit. Therefore, he said, by strictly adhering to merit, the provincial government had started the journey towards progress and prosperity of the country. He maintained that the dream of national progress and development could not be realised without breaking the begging bowl. He said that Pakistan was facing serious problems and the “qabza mafia” was planning to plunder billions and trillions of rupees. He said that the reports of kickbacks in the purchase of new aircrafts for PIA were circulating in the country and corruption was rampant. The CM said it was the responsibility of the government to provide opportunities of education to the children of the poor as well as orphans.
Earlier, a smartly turned out contingent of police presented salute to the students receiving laptops.Dawn.