LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif addressed the convocation of Chuna Mandi Government Fatima Jinnah College for Women. Before attending the ceremony, the Chief Minister inspected the building and garden of the college. The chief minister while taking notice of the poor condition of the garden and lack of timely repair and construction of some parts of the building directed Provincial Education Minister, Secretary Higher Education and Principal to adopt measures to get over it. In his address, the Chief Minister while referring to lack of proper maintenance work said that he and concerned officials of Education Department are answerable to the students. He said it is a historical building and tourists also come to see it therefore the concerned department should perform its duty of looking after the building in a proper manner. He also read the following verses:Tamanna Aabru Ki Hay Agar Gulzar-e-Hasti MainTo Kanton Main Uljh Kar Zindgi Karnay Ki Khu Kar LayNahin Yeh Shan-e-Khuddari Chaman Say Tor Kar Tujh KoKoi Dastar Main Rakh Lay Koi Zaib-e-Glu Kar LayThe chief minister said the outstanding performance shown by Pakistani youth in different sectors has given us hope and confidence that they will change destiny of the nation and put the country at a dignified position in the comity of the nations. He said that besides the boys, girl students also need to come forward in the practical field to contribute to the progress and development of the country. He said girl students after getting their degrees should prove their mettle in different sectors as it is essential for national progress and prosperity. Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan also spoke of his ministry’s feat.

Published in The Nation newspaper on 28-Mar-2014