SHIKARPUR - WAHEED PHULPOTO - Sindh Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhiro has opposed the schedule of three days for the census process by the federal government.

He said three days were not sufficient to conduct census. He termed this act non-sincerity of the federal government as the Sindh government had achieved the census results in six months then how it could be possible to complete it within three days.

He was talking to media men at inaugural ceremony of the “Peacock Hall and Stage”, renovated by the Education Works Department, Shikarpur at C&S Government Degree College Shikarpur on Saturday noon. He said due to last floods, incidents of terrorism, local migration and protests delayed the census. He said Pakistan People’s Party did not believe in political protests policy and believe in the struggle for the betterment of labourers.

The PPP leadership is not in favour of PIA privatisation. Some anti-democratic forces are trying to harm the democratic process in order to meet their ulterior motives but their anti-democratic activities would be countered in the larger interest of the country, he added.

To a question, Mr Khuhiro said that was the first time when the local government elections were held on party basis with the efforts of party leadership. In order to stop the horse trading, the Sindh Assembly passed the bill but those parties which wanted more powers in local government to run the local bodies’ institutions with major powers have themselves approached the courts to harm the election process.

The minister further said the amendment bill of the local bodies, passed by Sindh Assembly, was sent to the governor for signature which is still lying under pending with him.

Earlier, the education minister inaugurated the Peacock Hall and Stage. He stressed upon the teaching staff, students and parents to extend cooperation and coordination to the educational institutions for promotion of education and improve the standard of education.

He also particularly urged the teaching staff to realise their proper responsibilities to teach the students and the students should ensure their attendance as the education is the only source to build the future of the students. The Sindh government is determined to discourage the double standard of education as well as to make the education compulsory for the children from five to 16 years of age.

Responding to the demands by the college principal Afzal Shaikh, the minister announced providing funds for the repair of the college library and sports complex building of C&S Degree College. MPA Meer Abid Ali Bhayo had also announced Rs1 million for purchasing the college furniture.

Meanwhile, a seminar was held to pay tribute to the martyrs of Bacha Khan University on Sunday.

During the seminar, one minute silence was observed and participants also prayed for the martyrs of Bacha Khan University. Addressing the participants, The EAST chairman and research scholar of International Islamic University, said, “Attack on the Bacha Khan University cannot defeat our courage to learn. Youth is the power of our nation. They should show the world how peaceful nation we are.” Other participants including senior journalist Aamir Channa, Abdul Shakoor advocate, Mufti Ahmed Chishtee, Niaz Channa and others also addressed the seminar.

The seminar was arranged by The Education Academy of Science and Technology Foundation Islamabad (The EAST) at a local hotel where a number of scholars, social activists, journalists and citizens participated.