OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has made an appeal to the youth to come forward for national development and progress and play their due role for making Pakistan a corruption-free welfare state in accordance with the philosophy of Allama Iqbal. He was addressing a function with regard to Iqbal Day at Government Lahore College University for Women, here on Friday. Members National and Provincial Assembly, Vice Chancellor, intellectuals, teachers and a large number of girl students were present. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Government Lahore College University for Women was a prestigious educational institution and students completing their education from this university had been playing an active role in various sectors of national development. The CM said that Allama Iqbal envisioned a separate homeland for the Muslims and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah translated this dream into reality and millions of lives were sacrificed for achieving independence but the purpose of creation of Pakistan had not been achieved. He said that justice, honesty and merit had been disregarded during last 64 years. He said that loans and assistance worth 64 billion dollars were received during the last 64 years but the destiny of the country had not changed and the nation was still forced to get dictation from others. He said that Pakistan of the rich was different from that of the poor and corruption, oppression and bribery was rampant in the country. He said that no nation can achieve prosperity through beggary and despite being a nuclear power, Pakistan was still being considered a beggar. He said that nuclear power and beggary could not go together and it was time to break the begging bowl and rely on indigenous resources. He said that equitable distribution of wealth, bridging the gulf between the rich and the poor, elimination of pillage and plunder and strict accountability of thieves and looters was essential for steering the country out of darkness and despondency. He said that corruption, dishonesty and Commission Mafia will have to be uprooted for national development and progress. He said that Pakistan landed in the quagmire of corruption during the last 64 years but corrupt and inefficient rulers had brought the country to the verge of bankruptcy during the last about four years. He said that those who got loans of billion of rupees written off from banks on political grounds were sitting today in the power corridors. He said that the course of history can still be changed and Pakistan can be made an Islamic welfare state in accordance with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal through elimination of corruption, equitable distribution of resources and upholding of justice and merit. He said that though it is uphill task but is still achievable. Shahbaz said that every hurdle could be surmounted if the nation pledged to act upon the philosophy of Iqbal and Quaid and make collective efforts for elimination of corruption. He said that Pakistanis was a bold and courageous nation and could make the country strong and prosperous. He said that it was his firm belief that though practical efforts, honesty, commitment and hard work, the sorrows and despair of the nation could be transformed into joys and happiness. He said that Pakistani youth were brilliant and talented and they were custodian of the future of the country, therefore, they should come forward and play their due role for national progress and development. He said that women constitute more than 50 percent population of the country and they should also contribute their share in national progress. He said that Pakistani youth were competent and capable to change the destiny of the nation and it is the need of the hour that they should supplement his efforts for making Pakistan a corruption-free country. Earlier, Vice Chancellor Dr. Sabiha Mansoor while giving the address of welcome highlighted the academic activities and future programmes of the university.