KARACHI- Sindh Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that the proposed grand alliance between Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf, Pakistan Awami Tehreek and others would fail to attract the masses because the masses were already well aware that PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PAT Chairman Prof. Dr Tahir Ul Qadri had supported the referendum for imposing military dictator General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf. Those, who supported dictator?s referendum would never inflict any damage to democracy in Pakistan.

He said that Dr Qadri had contested general elections with former dictator because he trusted him but was declaring elections held under democracy were not transparent. Khan and Qadri should rather focus on strengthening democracy because any alliance meant to derail democracy would get derailed instead, he advised.

The Minister said that a scheme for serving lunch to students of schools with Rs 2 billion was being finalised and for that scheme, the required sums of money would be allocated in next fiscal budget 2014-15 and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah Jilani would announce the scheme on the occasion of his annual budget speech.

He said that salaries of teaching staffers had cost Rs 112 billion to the treasury and if Rs 2 billion were allocated for serving lunch to the students would be a matter of great pleasure for him. There were lots of non-developed areas in rural Sindh where students did not need laptops but food to survive and cycles for use as transport. Students with cycles would be protected from worst physical agony.

The Minister said that Universities in Sindh were under the administrative control of Sindh government and always kept it away from internal affairs of Universities but it did not mean that Sindh government also did not have powers to seek explainations about spending of money that were given by Sindh government. He said that Sindh government had prioritised promotion of education in Sindh and for that purpose; hefty funds would be allocated in next fiscal budget 2014-15.