Lahore, March 15, 2017 (PPI-OT):Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif turned very emotional during the ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal in connection with “Khadam-e-Punjab Zavre Taleem Program”. His eyes welled up with tears while mentioning problems of families of the great daughters of the nation. While giving the Khidmat card to a student belonging to Okara, Bushra, the chief minister asked what your father does. The girl replied that her father has passed away, we are three sisters and we are living hand-to-mouth.
The chief minster called the girl to the stage and asked her sit on the seat of Punjab Schools Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed besides him and she remained seated with the chief minister till the end of the ceremony. The chief minister also showed special affection towards another student from Okara namely Hayya Batool and other girls who got education scholarship through Khidmat Card. The chief minister said Bushra and Hayya Batool have mentioned their miserable circumstances and their families are braving the ruthless situations.
He said the fathers of the most of the girl students who have got Khidmat cards are laborers but they earn a respectable living and they are great Pakistani nationals despite being poor because they have not snatched rights of anybody. He said a very respectable woman and a man advised him not to give scholarships to girl students because it will not increase enrolment. He said he asked them how many kids do have and whether they go to schools by bus or car. He said they replied that they do not live in a palace but they reside in a comfortable residence.
He said he asked them that their children do their routine work themselves or servants do it, and they replied that servants do their routine work. He said he told them that a sum of Rs6 billion has been earmarked for the daughters of the nation because the children of the aristocracy do not know how the children of the poor families spend their lives because getting school uniforms, shoes, socks and their necessities pose a challenge to them.
He said he asked them to buy motorbikes to the students from the poor families from your wealth and he does not given them scholarships worth Rs6 billion to the students from the poor families and establish a cancer hospital from this amount. He said they were unable to reply me of these questions. The chief minister severely criticized the plunder and loot of the aristocracy in his speech and held them responsible for the problems facing Pakistan.
He said we are owner of our destiny and we will change our destiny ourselves. He recites couplets: Tamanna aarzu ke ha agar gulzar-e-haste main tu kantu main olajh kar zindage karne ke khu kar le Nahi ye shan khudari chaman se tor kar tujh ko koe dastar main rakh le koe zabe gulu kar le. At the end of his speech, the chief minister said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is my leader and my elder brother and the premier often asks him not to read old poetry, but this poetry is very important for him. He recited another couplet: Jab apna kafla azm o yakeen se niklega Jahan se chahenge rasta wahase niklega Watan ke mati mughe ariyan ragarne de Mughe yakeen ha schashma yaha se niklega.
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