Army rescued Pakistan many times: Maqbool
LAHORE: Punjab Governor Lt General (r) Khalid Maqbool has said the Army has saved the country many times and September 6 is a reminder of their sacrifices.
He expressed these views at the Defence Services Officers Mess on Monday. Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed’s father Maj (r) Muhammad Shareef Bhatti was chief guest. The governor said that they observed the day as the Pak Army had fought with great courage to save the country. He said the best way to pay tribute to the 1965 martyrs was to progress in every field of life.
Governor wants universities to set up links with industry: Mr Maqbool directed universities to establish links with society and industry so that they produced graduates more likely to get jobs.
Mr Maqbool was inaugurating the Sixth Human Rights Development Course for the national faculty development programme conducted by Punjab University’s (PU) Human Resource Development Centre on New Campus. The governor said teachers were reservoirs of knowledge and proper training enabled them to transfer their knowledge and experience to students.
PU Vice Chancellor Lieutenant General (r) Arshad Mahmood said the university selected teachers in a very transparent process and 429 teachers had been selected over the past five years in 160 selection board meetings. Human Resources Development Centre Director Dr Zafar Iqbal Jadoon said the centre was conducting faculty development programmes for PU and over 70 public and private universities had been contacted to send nominations for this programme.
‘Govt encouraging private sectors’: Abu Dhabi Consortium Chairman and United Arab Emirates Education Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan met Mr Maqbool on Monday.
Mr Maqbool said that the government was aware of the importance and potential of the private sector so it had offered greater incentives to private companies to invest in Pakistan. He said that the government was providing facilities to foreign investors and had extended legal and fiscal guarantees to ensure the security of their investments. He said that President Musharraf had taken foreign and domestic policy decisions to improve Pakistan’s. He praised the role of Bank Alfalah in promoting sports and cultural activities, hoping that the bank would also open a branch in Multan.