Shahbaz appreciates army, Gen Kayani’s role in Swat operation
MURREE: The Pakistan Army and its chief General Kayani’s role for restoring peace and curbing terrorism is commendable, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said, paying tributes to the martyrs of the Swat operation.
He was talking to reporters after a ceremony organised to honour female position holders from the Bahawalpur, Multan, Sargodha and Faisalabad boards. He said it was the civilian government’s responsibility to ensure normalcy in the conflict-hit areas and rehabilitate the victims. Shahbaz said education was the only tool for a nation’s progress and development. He said 20 position holders had been sent to Germany and England for study tours and 50 more would be sent abroad on education trips this year.
To a question, the CM said an educational endowment fund had already been set up with an initial amount of Rs 4 billion that would be increased to Rs 10 billion in the next 10 years to provide education facilities to deserving students. Shahbaz said an independent judiciary, quality education, and health were areas of special attention for the Punjab government. He said special status would be given to teachers in Punjab so they could utilise their efforts to raise educational standard in the province. Shahbaz also stressed the need for vocational education for students who could not receive higher education.