Punjab Chief Minister addresses students from Gwadar

Lahore, December 21, 2016 (PPI-OT):Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan comprises four provinces as well as Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and they are bound together in strong relations of love, brotherhood and sincerity while their joys and sorrows are common. He said that it is a lasting system and formula that binds the countries and societies are developed. He said that merit and justice is the secret which helps promote mutual love and amity.

He said that prosperity of all units of Pakistan is essential for national prosperity. He said that all provinces of Pakistan have an equal right over the country. He said that progress of Sindh, Balochistan, KPK, Punjab and other areas will result in development and prosperity of Pakistan. Shehbaz Sharif said that Balochistan is the biggest province of Pakistan on the basis of area and people of the province are patriotic and also played an important role in the creation of Pakistan.

He said that Baloch leaders under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah played a key role in the achievement of the country. He said unfortunately, people of Balochistan had some misunderstandings during the last 70 years and their grievances should have been redressed. He said that some allegations were also levelled against Punjab but the present government tried to counter them through practical and sincere efforts based on justice.

He said that under NFC Award of 2009-10 Punjab government gave 11 billion rupees from its annual share to Balochistan and as such surrendered 55 billion rupees to Balochistan during five years. The Chief Minister said that Punjab government has also included boy and girl students of Balochistan and other federal units in its educational programmes as it believes that Pakistan is the common country of people of all provinces and collective efforts are needed for its progress and prosperity.

He also announced to send ten boy and girl students of Gwadar to China selected on merit basis for learning Chinese language and said that the quota of students of Balochistan in educational institutions of Punjab will also be enhanced and decision will soon be taken in this regard. The Chief Minister was addressing a 78-member delegation of boy and girl students of Gwadar, Balochistan which is on a visit to Punjab at Model Town, today. He also distributed laptops among the visiting students.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that he was very happy to meet students of Balochistan. He said that Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan and its people are patriotic. He said that the role played by tribal leaders of Balochistan during Pakistan Movement cannot be ignored. He said that Baloch leaders gathered at Municipal Hall in Quetta and decided to support Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said that people of Balochistan had some genuine complaints against the federation and misunderstandings during the last 70 years.

He said it was but natural if equitable attitude is not adopted towards everyone. He said that there is no doubt that Balochistan was neglected during last 70 years however, it is still a very important part of Pakistan. He said that solution of genuine problems of Balochistan was and will always be responsibility of federal government. However, he said, efforts have been made to some extent for coping with the challenges and solution of problems of Balochistan.

Shehbaz Sharif said that Dictator General Pervez Musharraf who raised the slogan of Pakistan First could not achieve NFC Award as consensus could not be developed on NFC Award during his ten years’ dictatorship and he was compelled to given an interim award. He said that it was the political leadership which through mutual consultations achieved NFC Award in 2009-10. He said that federal government, chief ministers of the four provinces and finance ministers of that time achieved NFC Award and had the whole leadership not been on one page, it would not have been possible.

Shehbaz Sharif said that under NFC Award Balochistan got largest resources for the first time and its funds increased by 100 percent. He said that as a Pakistani he can say with pride that Punjab played a key role in meeting financial needs of Balochistan and surrendered 11 billion rupees from its share for Balochistan every year. He said that Punjab gave 55 billion rupees from its share to Balochistan in five years while talented boy and girl students of all units of Pakistan are being included in its educational programmes on merit basis.

He said that boy and girl students of all units of Pakistan have also been included in the programme for learning Chinese language and they will play a key role in the implementation of CPEC after learning Chinese. He said that Punjab government has also set up a school at Gwadar. He said that Punjab through practical efforts has tried to counter all allegations levelled against it as it believes that all provinces of Pakistan should progress and prosper.

He said that distribution of resources should be made on equitable basis as it is essential for speedy development as well as it is the desire of 20 crore people of the country. The Chief Minister said that an investment of 51 billion dollar is being made in Pakistan under CPEC and Balochistan also has a big share. He said that Gwadar Port will accelerate economic and trade activities in the area and lakhs of job opportunities will be created.

Unfortunately, he said, a political debate has also been started on the development of Gwadar Port which is unjustified. He said that progress of Gwadar will benefit the local people and propaganda on this account is against the solidarity and integrity of the country. He said that Gwadar Port will promote economic and trade activities for the people of the region and no enemy can stop this process as people of Gwadar also have a right over CPEC. He said that CPEC is the project of prosperity of the whole country and it is a blessing of Allah Almighty for Pakistani nation.

He said that opposition to this project is totally unjustified. The Chief Minister said that it is a good news for people of Balochistan that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has also got metro bus service project for Quetta included in CPEC and decision in this regard will be taken in the next meeting in Beijing. He said that metro bus route of Quetta will be 42 kilometres whereas metro bus route in Lahore is 27 kilometres. He said that there is a need for unity and collective efforts for progress and prosperity and transforming Pakistan in accordance with the vision of Quaid and Iqbal in the real sense.

Addressing the students, the Chief Minister said that they are future of Pakistan and have to restore the image of the country in the comity of nations. He said that they should pay attention to their studies and become doctors, engineers, professors, bankers and prove their mettle as well as promote philosophy of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Muhammad Iqbal. He asked them to follow the principle of honesty, hard work and commitment. He said that there is also a need to make collective efforts for national progress and prosperity and not to repeat the past mistakes.

He said that peace has been restored in the country and it is a result of the decision taken jointly by military and political leadership in 2013 under which operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched against terrorists. He said that Pak Army, police, security institutions and citizens have rendered supreme sacrifices in the war against terrorism and this menace will be rooted out. He said that Pakistani society did not have trends like extremism and militancy till 70s and this menace took roots in the 80s and there are number of causes for it.

Shehbaz Sharif said that earlier Pakistani society was tolerant and accommodating. He said that there is no room for terrorism and extremism in the Pakistan of the Quaid. Replying to questions of students from Gwadar, the Chief Minister said that educational fund of Punjab government has become the biggest educational fund in South Asia and more than 1.5 lakh talented students of the country having limited resources are benefiting from it. He said that scholarship of 11 billion rupees have been given from this fund so far.

Replying to another question, the Chief Minister said that CPEC is a blessing and this project is a game changer. He said that hard work is secret of success and Germany and Japan are an example which after complete defeat and destruction achieved heights of progress and development. He said that an airport is also being constructed in Gwadar under CPEC besides an industrial estate will be set up where investment of billions of dollars will be made. Responding to another question, he said that the future of fishermen of Gwadar is bright as due to CPEC latest technology will be introduced and foreign exchange will also come.

Replying to the demand of a student that there is shortage of teachers in Gwadar Institute of Technology and technology teachers from Punjab should be sent, the Chief Minister said that he will talk to Prime Minister and send five teachers instead of three. He said that after listening to the brilliant students of Balochistan, he has come to the conclusion that there is vast talent in the province.

Students from Gwadar while expressing their views paid rich tributes to Chief Minister for his efforts for the progress and development of Punjab. They also thanked the Chief Minister and Punjab government for their hospitality. Provincial Ministers Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan and Raza Ali Gillani also spoke on the occasion. Provincial Ministers, Members Assembly, Vice Chancellors, educationists, senior officials of Punjab government and a large number of male and female students were present on the occasion.

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