MULTAN

Former speaker National Assembly Syed Fakhar Imam has said that the youth constitutes 64 percent of total national population and we can put the country on path of progress and prosperity by making them good Muslims and patriot Pakistani.

Addressing the participants of a Na’at contest organised by Lions Club here on Saturday, he added that reciting Na’at was an expression of love to the Holy Prophet (SAWW) and this love could further be increased by promoting the passion for reciting Na’ats among the youth. He said that Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam but it was unfortunate that we failed to enforce Islamic code in the country. “We even failed to evolve an education system in line with Islamic teachings,” he regretted.

Speaking on the occasion, Makhdoom Zohaib Gillani and Afzal Sipra said that our young generation did not lack any capabilities and we just needed to guide them into the right direction. They hoped that the youth would play key role in country’s progress if we succeeded to guide them in light of teachings of Islam.

Saed Ullah Khan, Ch Zulfiqar, Shaukat Shah, Naem Iqbal Naem and others also spoke on this occasion while students from different institutions participated in the Na’at contest.

HEALTH, EDUCATION

BUDGET DOUBLED

DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal disclosed on Saturday that the funds for education and health sectors in district budget were being doubled.

Addressing a meeting of heads of district departments, he added that estimates for the repair of 280 government schools set up in dilapidated buildings had been made and they would be upgraded by spending funds worth millions. He said that 40 basic health units of Multan were also being made functional and they would offer healthcare facilities to the people round the clock. He added that the centres would be given latest equipment, paramedical staff and labs in first phase.

The DCO claimed that entire development fund for the previous year was spent and not even a single penny was spoiled. He added that all available funds would be utilized for the development of the town. He disclosed that the sewerage project between Chungi No-1 and sewerage road would be accomplished by the end of this month.

He declared that Section 144 would be enforced from today (Sunday) and operation would be launched against illegal slaughter house. He said that he would not let any school or health centre shut down for the shortage of funds. He declared that the special teams would visit rural areas and review the performance of health centres while special package would be offered to the doctors and paramedical staff appointed in rural areas.