LAHORE – Pakistan would have been a peaceful and developed state, if the10 billion dollars which was wasted on the war-on-terror, were spent on education, said PML-N Central leader Hamza Shahbaz Sharif at a laptop distribution ceremony, held at the Government College University on Tuesday

Hamza Shahbaz said that distribution of laptops was not a scheme; rather it was a vision to empower the youth to change the destiny of Pakistan, so that educated youth could exercise their right to elect honest and sincere leadership and strive for national progress and prosperity.

“Had the ten billion dollars not been wasted on the so called war on terror and spent on the education, Pakistan would not be facing load-shedding, price-hike, unemployment and terrorism.” said Hamza Shahbaz.

GCU Vice Chancellor Dr. Khaliq-ul-Zaman, provincial assembly members Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Khawaja Imran Nazir, Ajasam Sharif, Rana Iqbal and Rahila Khadim Hussain, teachers and a large number of students were present at the ceremony.

Hamza Shahbaz said that the students of today were the leaders of tomorrow, and they should keep in mind that after making mistakes in the past 64 years there was no option but to win. However, he said that the youth should be mindful that honest leadership was the one which constructed motorway, carried out nuclear tests, tried for the solution of Kashmir issue and maintained a growth rate of more than 8 percent.

The PML-N leader added that there was a solution to every problem including load-shedding as the country had vast reserves of coal, gas, oil, gold and copper, but the elements in power were only interested in foreign tours, looting national wealth and institutions. He said that the rulers have no regard to national dignity which can be judged from the fact that on the raid in Abbotabad they congratulated America on its “great success”.

Hamza further said that the Punjab Chief Minister hated corruption and violation of merit and he was proud of his father for this quality. He said that the PML-N was determined to boost the confidence of the youth so that they would play a vanguard role in journey towards progress and development. He said that study tours for position holder students, endowment fund, speech and essay writing contest, Daanish schools and distribution of laptops were part of the same policy.

The ceremony was organised at the historical GCU Oval Ground to distribute laptops to 3482 eligible GCU students.

On the occasion, GCU VC said that only IT-led education could bring silent, positive and peaceful change in Pakistan. He said Pakistan was engulfed by a multi faceted crisis of colossal magnitudes, but fortunately the Punjab government had decided to address the root cause of all these problems i.e. lack of quality education.

“Believe or not, it is only through the dint of education that the menace of poverty, infrastructural disarray, corruption and bigotry can be eradicated through a silent revolution,” he said.