“The basis of development in the 21st century world is only education,” they said. “Unfortunately, education in Balochistan is still in jeopardy due to tribal disputes and backward thinking.”
These views were shared during a function organized by Shaheed Foundation in Gulistan Tehsil of Killa Abdullah.
The event was attended by tribal leader Abdul Shakoor Khan Ghibzai, Deputy Commissioner Killa Abdullah Tariq Javed Mengal, Sardar Masoom Khan Tareen, Mullah Omar Umrani, Abdul Rehman Petney, PFUJ President Shahzada Zulfiqar, Muhammad Akhtar, Chamber of Commerce and Industry leaders Akhtar Khan Kakar, Ataullah Langau, Ajmal Khan Advocate and Najamuddin Mengal
"If we want to improve our future, we have to pay special attention to education in Killa Abdullah and especially in Gulistan. There is an urgent need to activate government offices, buildings, hospitals and educational institutions," said Ghibzai, adding that our past has passed in serving tribal traditions.
"We are ignorant today because of our deeds. Tribal enmity has been going on for 100 years due to which the education system of the area has been completely destroyed," Ghibzai added.
The tribal leader highlighted how ignorance and illiteracy are unacceptable in society. During the tribal feuds, along with education, the rights of women were taken away and the infrastructure of the area was completely destroyed. “There are no educational institutions, no health centers, no assistant commissioners, no government offices.”
He said that one school was built thirty years ago which is providing free education to many students up till today.
“The Shaheed Foundation is increasingly participating not only in education but also in health, drinking water, scholarships and other charitable activities,” Ghibzai said.
"We want to take the people out of the darkness of ignorance and find a way to progress.”
On the occasion, DC Mengal also reaffirmed his support for education. "I am happy that other people are making education their motto. Gulistan has suffered a lot due to the war.
We have always attributed Gulistan to insecurity and it has become its identity but now we need to change its identity and make it a better area," he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2021.
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