LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Punjab government has decided to increase the number of students of Balochistan in the educational institutions of Punjab from 1,200 to 4,000.
He said the students of Balochistan, Sindh, KPK, AZK and federal capital Islamabad had also been included in laptop scheme, ujala programme, educational fund and awarding prizes to position holder students’ schemes of Punjab government which is strengthening the process of national solidarity.
In addition to a delegation led by former President PPP Balochistan Nawab Lashkari Raeesani who joined PML-N, Senior Advisor Sirdar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Advisors Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Zakia Shahnawaz, MNA Saira Afzal Tarar, Punjab Chief Secretary, Secretaries of different departments, intellectuals and educationists were present on the occasion. Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa and Additional Secretary Home Sardar Loni gave briefing regarding arrangements made for the girl and boy students of Balochistan in the institutions of Punjab. The CM said no contractor was willing to construct modern cardiac hospital in Balochistan, therefore, it had been delayed but we would try to make every effort for the early completion of this hospital for facilitating the people of Balochistan.
He said in order to strengthen the process of national solidarity, the Punjab government had fixed the quota for the students of all the provinces including Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan in the welfare programmes of Punjab government.
The chief minister said delegations of position holder students were sent to the best universities of the world which also include the students of other provinces. He said that with the passage of time the number of students of Balohcistan, studying in educational institutions in Punjab, would keep on increasing.
Shahbaz said that the journey of development could be expedited only by eliminating the sense of deprivation of the people. He said until and unless we end the human rights violation and negative trends in democracy, the situation cannot be improved. He said that if the people gave an opportunity then PML-N would solve the problems without waste of time.
Lashkari Raeesani said the measures taken by Shahbaz Sharif for the people of Balochistan would lead to further promotion of national solidarity. He thanked the Punjab government on its efforts and measures for the development of Balohcistan. He stressed the need for evolving multi- purpose national policy for solving the problems of Balochistan.
Former provincial minister Balochistan, Dr Roheela Durrani said a cardiac hospital in Balohcistan will be a great gift by the Punjab government for Baloch people. She expressed her happiness over the contribution made by Shahbaz Sharif in the progress of Balochistan.
“We are thankful on the cooperation and measures of the Punjab government for the welfare of the Baloch people. She stressed upon the need for completion of cardiac hospital as soon as possible,” she added.