Youth will change destiny of nation: CM

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the way Pakistani youth are showing outstanding performance in different sectors has given him hope and confidence that they will change the destiny of the nation and ensure a dignified status for the country in the comity of nations. He said that girl students would also have to come forward in the practical field for the progress and development of the country. He said that girl students after getting their degrees should prove their mettle in different sectors, as it was essential for national progress and prosperity. 
He was addressing the 6th convocation of the Government Fatima Jinnah College for Women, Chuna Mandi, here on Thursday. 
The chief minister congratulated the students who had won medals and degrees and said the hope and confidence on their faces reflected that the future of the country is very bright. He said that the foundation of Pakistan was laid at a historic gathering at Minto Park, which is only at a short distance from the college, on March 23rd 1940 under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He said that after passage of Pakistan Resolution, Muslims of the subcontinent gathered on a single platform without any discrimination of caste, colour and creed and gave a practical shape to the concept of Allama Iqbal through a historical struggle. He said that forefathers of the country rendered supreme sacrifices for the creation of Pakistan as a reward for which Allah Almighty blessed them with an independent country. However, he said, it is unfortunate that Pakistan Resolution has not been followed in letter and spirit. He said that such a country was not envisioned where injustices, corruption and oppression were rampant while merit was flouted, as the purpose of creation of Pakistan was to ensure justice, merit and provision of equal opportunities to all citizens to move ahead. He said that the people who rendered sacrifices for Pakistan would not be happy with the current situation. Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan is facing multiple problems. 
He said that energy crisis has destroyed national economy while corruption has pushed the country to the verge of disaster. He said that 60 percent population of Pakistan comprise youth between the age of 15 to 30 years and the goal of national progress and prosperity can be achieved by equipping them with the latest knowledge. He said that there are several examples in the history of the world where the nations made rapid progress and got respectable status in the international community through hard work and struggle. He said that if China, Germany, Japan and other countries can reach the height of progress, Pakistanis could also join the ranks of developed nations through honesty, commitment as well as through adherence to the principles of the founders of the country. He said that China is a trusted friend of Pakistan and has given historic package of investment which should be fully availed. 
The chief minister further said that Government Fatima Jinnah College for Women is playing a significant role in equipping the women of the area with education. He said that when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was the chief minister of the province, he transformed this notorious CIA centre into a prestigious educational institution where daughters of the nation are being imparted education and training. He directed Minister for Education and Secretary Higher Education to complete the repair and construction work of the college at the earliest and take measures for teaching of German and Chinese languages to the students. The chief minister said that he is ready to provide resources even if the students have to be sent to China for learning Chinese language. He said that provision of funds for imparting latest knowledge to young generation is a useful investment. He said that besides Arabic, youth should also be taught such languages as are needed for progress. He said that economic stability and mastery over latest knowledge is essential for living in the present day world with dignity and honour and also in line with the teachings of the Holy Quran and Islam. 
Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan while speaking on the occasion said that provision of resources for education is an investment in the future of the country. He said that Punjab government has taken practical measures for the promotion of education and empowerment of women. He said that due to solid policies and programmes of Pakistan Muslim League-N, the image of Pakistan is changing in the world and investment is speedily coming into the country. Government Fatima Jinnah College for Women Principal Shehnaz Kausar highlighted the curricular and co-curricular activities of the institution and its future academic programmes. She said that presence of Shahbaz Sharif in the convocation was a proof of his education-friendly policies. She said that Shahbaz had always helped for the progress of the institution due to which it has gained a prominent status in the educational field. The chief minister also awarded degrees and medals to the students completing education while the college principal presented souvenirs to the chief minister, education minister and higher education secretary.

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