KHANGARH-Locals are of the view that the programme titled 'Sustainable Transition and Retention in Delivering Education' (Stride) should be extended to other districts of Punjab province so that children of the poor may get education.

Talking to The Nation, they said that the Stride programme was started in Muzaffargarh and Bahawalpur districts by the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) for educational year 2016-17. They added that the programme worked in partnership with the Punjab government.

"Under this programme, Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan distributed thousands of free bicycles to the students living at long distances from their schools," they said, adding that a number of rickshaws and vans had also been hired under the Stride program to pick and drop the students at homes to promote literacy.

They said that thousands of students had been pursuing their studies under the programme. They urged the government to extend the programme to other districts. "It will help promote literacy," they pointed out.

PTI repeats clean sweep mantra

SADIQABAD-The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has become one of the largest parties of the country and it will make a clean sweep in the upcoming general elections.

While talking to the media here the other day, PTI candidate from PP-267 Rana Salman Mehmood claimed that Imran Khan would be the next PM as result of a landslide victory in the elections. He said that people took part in the membership campaign with great zeal, which depicts public love and expectations from the party. He urged the party workers to get ready for the campaign and disseminate the message of Imran Khan to each and every house. He asserted that the PML-N has started crumbling as its MNAs and MPAs are leaving the party. Mehmood predicted the some prominent PML-N leaders would join the PTI soon.