Education is prerequisite for development and therefore, the government plans building university campuses in every district across the country during the next three years.

The government attaches great importance to the promotion of education as it can be the real weapon against terrorism and militancy, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ehsan Iqbal said the other day.

He was addressing the participants of laptops and prizes distribution ceremony at University of Gujrat (UoG) Narowal Campus the other day.

Local MPAs - Khawaja Waseem Butt, Rana Manan Ahmed, Sardar Ramaish Singh Arora, Vice Chancellor University of Gujrat (UoG), Director UoG Narowal Campus Sahibzada Faisal and Narowal DCO Syed Najaf Iqbal were also present on the occasion.

Ch Ehsan Iqbal emphasised that it is time to crush terrorism and militancy, ignorance, backwardness and unemployment through the promotion of quality education, particularly in backward areas.

He said that the government is focusing on the quality education to harness the youth and prepare them to face future challenges.

He said that five students - Iqra Naeem, Yusra Iftikhar, Aqsa Sagheer, Mirza Iftikhar Ahmed and Muhammad Umer of UoG Narowal Campus would leave for China on October 5, for getting higher education in China under the auspices of Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, saying that it was a good will gesture by China which would further strengthen the Pakistan-China Friendship.

He claimed that the political opponents are only making ‘high slogans’ of bringing change in the country. “Yes, the PML-N has brought in the real and actual change and has turned around the economy though it had inherited a sick economy.

He said that this is the actual and real change which is direly needed by the nation and the country.

He said that the national economy has started showing healthy signs and has reflected stability. “Pakistan’s foreign reserves have crossed the figure of $20 billion for the first time in its history,” he boasted.

The federal minister narrated that the PML-N government is striving hard to make Pakistan ‘Asian Tiger’ economically under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

He said that the government is successfully implementing its economic revival agenda and has put the country on the way to economic and political stability.

Contraband worth Rs15m seized during Sept:The Anti-Smuggling Squad and Customs Intelligence seized smuggled clothes, electronic appliances, dry fruits, cosmetics and locks worth Rs15 million. The contraband was seized during special checking at various points including bridge over Rive Chenab near Gujrat, GT Road, Alam Chowk and Pindi Bypass near Gujranwala during the outgoing month of September.

According to Superintendent of Customs Intelligence Saif Ullah, these valuables were smuggled from Afghanistan, India, Iran, China and other countries and were being brought for sale in different markets in Sialkot, Gujrat, Gujranwala and Lahore.

He said that foreign clothes worth Rs4 million, locks worth Rs7 million, LCDs worth Rs0.5 million, dry fruits worth Rs4.7 million, shoes worth Rs0.5 million, two trucks and a car (worth Rs7.3 million) were seized during the month in question. The officials also arrested three accused identified as Ghazanfar, Tasleem and Saeedul Haq.