LAHORE - Pakistan has yet to win the war in the fields of economy, industry, agriculture, education and health, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said yesterday.

He was addressing a ceremony of laptop distribution, under Prime Minister’s National Programme, among the students at Information Technology University campus at Arfa Karim Software Technology Park.

“Pakistan’s future is bright in every sector and by following the golden principles of hard work and honesty, the destiny of Pakistan of Quaid and Iqbal will be achieved,” Shehbaz said.

He added that young generation is a guarantee to bright future of Pakistan and the students equipped with modern knowledge will make the country progress. “Pakistan will make its place in the comity of developed nations,” he added.

“Education is the only source of achieving targets and rapid development, therefore, full attention is being paid to the promotion of quality education and improvement of education sector. Pakistan’s future is linked to information technology science and research, innovation and uniqueness and a solid strategy has been adopted for the promotion of modern technology,” he added.

He also pledged that the provincial government would provide all-out cooperation to the Information Technology University which is playing an important role regarding equipping the male and female students with modern education.

He also congratulated Vice Chancellor Dr Umar Saif, faculty members and the entire team on running the affairs of IT University in a best manner.

He said that a vast land of piece has been handed over to the university from shifting its campus from here where a state-of-the-art information technology and engineering university will be established which will be completed within one year.

“Not only rich have right over education. It is the right of every Pakistani to get education and the government is bound to ensure this right,” Shehbaz said, vowing that the government will provide every child of Pakistan its right.

Shehbaz said that the Punjab government has promoted the culture of merit. He expressed the hope that Pakistan will certainly reach its goal, will become strongest country economically.

He held Pakistan is a peaceful country and wants purposeful solution to all its disputes including Kashmir and water issues with neighboring country.

“If we have to win the war in the field of economy, we will have to make Pakistan a strong economic force.”

CM, Pemra discuss crackdown on Indian channels

A delegation of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) led by its Chairman Absar Alam met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif. Chairman PEMRA gave a briefing regarding steps about crackdown against Indian channels through illegal DTH. He told the CM that decision has been made to hold crackdown from October 15 on the Indian channels being screen through illegal DTH. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the decision of crackdown by PEMRA against Indian channels through illegal DTH is a welcome step and Punjab government will extend all out cooperation to PEMRA in this regard. He said that inquiry of the incident of hooliganism and harassment of the employees during the hearing of the application against NEO channel in PEMRA Lahore Office and necessary instructions have been issued in this regard. The Chief Minister assured Chairman PEMPRA of cooperation for setting up of PEMRA offices in big cities.