ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI – The key of future of Pakistan is in the hands of youth and the amount of billions of rupees spent on laptops and Ujala Programme is not expenses but it is useful investment on the youth.Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed these views while addressing a ceremony of distribution of laptops among talented students at Jinnah Convention Center, Islamabad, on Monday. The Chief Minister said that the Punjab government started the programmes for empowering youth while those raising slogans for them were visiting abroad. ‘Had dacoities of billions of rupees were not committed in Pakistan, every student would have been got laptop today. And a war will be waged through Ujala Programme against the darkness spread by Zardari’.More than 7,000 laptops were distributed among intelligent students of colleges and universities of Rawalpindi division and federally administered area of Islamabad.A smartly turned out contingent of police presented guard of honor to the talented students. Advisors Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Members National Assembly Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Hanif Abbasi, heads of educational institution, teachers and a large number of students were present on the occasion.  Sharif said the sons and daughters of the nation are equal to him and he feels pleasure on their success. ‘Wherever laptops have been distributed in educational institutions in the province, the girls have taken lead over boys but in Islamabad the situation was different’. He said if anyone proves even a penny of corruption in the programme started for the social development and promotion of education in Punjab, he would be accountable before Almighty Allah and the people. The distribution of laptops is continuing purely on the basis of merit, ability and hard work and this programme is being followed in a most transparent manner. The chief minister pointed out that he has no quota or discretionary power in the programme of distribution of laptops and he has no authority to give even one laptop to any student. ‘About 8,500 laptops have been distributed among the students of colleges and universities of Rawalpindi division and Islamabad including the laptops distributed at Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi today. Last year the students of colleges and universities of Islamabad were not included in the programme of distribution of laptops but this year these students have also been given laptops’.He was of the view that today the country is facing numerous problems and not the democracy but those operating the system are responsible. He reiterated that the country would be rid of all problems under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif. The chief minister said that the mega projects and development programmes executed by Punjab government of PML-N are unprecedented. ‘Dictators and democratic governments have disappointed the people during last 65 years and it is high time that the Pakistani nation and youth should elect such a leadership through the power of vote which had the ability of putting the country on the road to progress and prosperity’.Our staff reporter from Rawalpindi adds: Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab, has said that spread of education in every nook and corner is the only solution to all the problems being faced by the country. Women education is also necessary for the women emancipation, she added.Begum Zakia Shahnawaz expressed these views as chief guest while addressing laptop distribution ceremony held under “Chief Minister Youth Initiative Program” at Fatima Jinnah Women University here on Monday.Punjab CM Mian Shahbaz Sharif was scheduled to be distributed the laptops among the students, however, he could not come owing to unknown reasons. A total of 1,028 laptops were given to shinning students of various programmes of FJWU.The ceremony was also attended by Advisor to CM on Higher Education Zaheem Hussain Qadri, Secretary Higher Education, FJWU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir, faculty members, Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Imdad Ullah Bosal, Director Colleges Prof Hamayyun, PML-N Senator Begum Najma Hameed, MNA Tahira Aurangzeb, Seema Jilani, parliamentarians and dignitaries.The chief guest, speaking the occasion, said that Punjab government was committed to empowering the women through higher education. She said that CM was a man of vision who did not take rest but work round the clock. She said that the education was the only key to all the problems being faced by Pakistan.  She said that modern education was a dream of the CM as it was essential for the future of the country. She also added that government has taken practical steps for the development of education sector and a number of programs have been started for polishing the talent of students. “CM has faith in you (Fatmians), do not let him down. You are the future of Pakistan” Zakia Shahnawaz mentioned.“The educated girls can bring a big change in the country by their vote and thinking” she said adding that “Use the laptops for creative work”.An interesting situation developed in the hall packed with students when the compare was praising for Punjab government for launching pojects on merit and said that all these projects were on merit and there was no corruption in them. Suddenly, a girl spoke loudly “No it is not true. Corruption is there”. This burst laughter in the hall forcing the FJWU administration to put into toes to avoid any untoward situation again.After FJWU VC Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir in her welcome address said that establishment of FJWU introduced a new chapter in women education. It’s a great gift of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for the daughters of the nation. She said that education was the prior commitment of the Punjab government and it was always very supportive for FJWU. She thanked the CM for showing concern over the accommodation problem of the girls and informed that work on construction of hostel building is in progress and will be finished by December 2013. She said that we are also planning the construction of the news academic block and library. She also said that it is the responsibility of the young and educated people to actively play their role in the development of the country. A smart contingent of Punjab Police presented guard of honor to the students who excelled and got laptops. National songs, sung by renowned singer Nadeem Abbas, also added colors to the ceremony.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 05-Feb-2013 here.