LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan has become a beggar state despite being a nuclear state because of its dependency on foreign aid, adding that no nation in the world can prosper on aid.
Shahbaz was addressing the 12th convocation ceremony of Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) Lahore on Monday. He asked the graduating doctors to do their best in contributing towards the country’s success. “Aid is like AIDS, which first weakens and then cripples the immunity system, ultimately killing the person. Aid is akin to that,” he added, “we will have to give up our begging bowl and rely on our own resources for progress.”
Punjab CM quoted the example of neighbouring nuclear powered India, who he said were doing better than Pakistan. “We need to understand that we have to protect this country first and then build it. We are slipping down the road very rapidly,” he warned.
Shahbaz said that like many other problems, the issue of loadshedding was also damaging Pakistan. “The only way forward for us is to act upon the teachings of Iqbal and Quaid and let the begging bowl go away,” he added.
Shahbaz conferred MBBS degrees to almost 210 students.
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