SIALKOT-Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed has said that the government was committed to promoting quality education and encouraging the students and their teachers over their good performance.

He said that the effective policies of the government were helping a lot to bring the revolution of education promotion in Punjab. He gave 20 government schools under the control of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) for ensuring easy access of everyone to quality education besides opening the education door to every child under the public-private partnership.

The provincial minister said that the Punjab government had given 4,300 government schools to the well-reputed organisations across the Punjab under the public-private partnership. He said that the Punjab government was actively monitoring the performance of all the 53,000 government schools in Punjab.

Mashhood added that the Punjab government had already approved to establish University of Sialkot (UoS). He also announced to establish a Sports School at Sialkot at a cost of Rs200 million for the promotion of games. He said that the Punjab government was committed to providing healthy atmosphere for children.

He said that the government had given respect to the brilliant students and their teachers by giving them laptops, special cash prizes and awards - The Star Teachers Awards - for their good performance. He also stressed a need for capacity-building of the teachers.

He added that it would soon launch Punjab Schools Sports Programme for the promotion of games at school-level besides hunting the natural talent of students across the Punjab.

He said that it would increase the prevailing education budget from Rs345 billion to Rs370 billion with Rs25 billion increase in the next financial budget of Punjab after coming to power.

He announced to establish an international-standard technical institute at Sialkot. He said that now Sialkot district had got 9th position in Punjab regarding the improvement in attendance of teachers in the government schools.

He said that Sialkot was the lifeline of the Punjab. He added that it was also establishing a technology university at Lahore in active collaboration with China. He claimed to eliminate the use of unfair means in examination centres across the Punjab.

He said that now 15 million children were enrolled in government schools across Punjab, adding the government had recruited 25 million teachers in all the government schools. He said that the Punjab government would soon organize a "Rising Punjab Sports Event" to encourage the talented youth at every level.

He said that Punjab government had allocated special budget of Rs15 Billion for the promotion of sports and other healthy activities under the supervision of Punjab Sports Board.

Kh Asif hopes N victory in elections

SIALKOT - Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif said that the masses would again give heavy mandate to the PML-N and bring it to power with the power of their votes in 2018 general elections. He said that during the coming general elections, the people would ensure the sanctity of their vote. He stated this while addressing a largely attended convention of the party workers at Karimpura-Sialkot city.

The foreign minister added that the PML-N's convoy led by Nawaz Sharif would reach soon to its destination by crossing and removing all the hurdles from the way of strengthening true democracy. He said it will put the country on the highway to political and economic stability.

He said that the time the people would vote for PML-N during the coming general elections on its "fabulous" performance in every segment of life. He said that the people would also secure the sanctity of their votes from the political elements not sincere with the nation. He said that only the PML-N government had delivered by honouring its all the commitments and promises especially ending the energy crisis in the country. He said that the government had made national defence invincible. He said that the Defence of Pakistan was in very strong hands due to which none could cast an evil eye on the country. .

He said that Nawaz Sharif had appeared before the masses' court against the injustice with him and his political victimization. He said that the people would again reject again all the verdicts against Nawaz Sharif and his family by voting him to power. He said that people proved their loyalty with Nawaz Sharif by voting PML-N in recently held by-poll in Lodharan.

He said that the people had again rejected the negative politics of Dharna people, adding that such elements had nothing to show to the masses while going before them ahead of the 2018 general elections. He asked the people to vote for PML-N for its splendid performance besides ensuring respect and sanctity of their votes.