LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here on Tuesday while talking to position holders of Sindh, KPK, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir said that the country is in the grip of terrorism and extremism and concerted efforts of all are needed to meet these challenges.He said the young generation has huge talents which augers well for a bright future for the country. The CM said that children through their studies should propagate the message of unity, discipline and hope. He said that Punjab government has also included talented boy and girl students of Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and other provinces in its programmes aimed at promotion of education which is promoting national unity. The Chief Minister announced giving of laptops to the position holder students of other provinces who are currently on a visit to Lahore. Provincial Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Secretary Higher Education and Secretary Information were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister welcomed position holder students of Sindh, KPK, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir in Lahore. He said that young generation is the guarantee to a glorious future of the country. He said that situation in the country can be improved by following principles of honesty, hard work, merit and transparency. He said that the visit of boys and girls of different provinces to Lahore will play an important role in promoting national unity and solidarity. He said forefathers of the country rendered innumerable sacrifices for the creation of Pakistan but it is lamentable that the nation is lagging far behind in the world community due to mistakes and shortcomings. He said it is unfortunate that there is no supremacy of law and justice in the society despite the fact that the country was created so that all the citizens would share each other’s joys and sorrows and equal opportunities of progress would be available to all its members. He said that though Pakistan became a nuclear power and made progress in a number of fields during the last 68 years still the nation is far behind others. He said that the golden principles of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal will have to be followed for achieving respect and dignity. He said that terrorism and corruption will have to be rooted out and supremacy of transparency, hard work and merit will have to be ensured. He said that there is still time to choose the right direction and adopt the principles of honesty, commitment and hard work for changing the course of history. He said that though it is a difficult task but not impossible. Position holder students paid rich tributes to Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif for his efforts for the promotion of education and inter-provincial harmony.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 05-Mar-2014 here.