LAHORE: The current government came into power with the help of the nation, and till the nation supports us, we will stay in power, stated Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday.
Addressing the third convocation of Virtual University in Lahore, the prime minister said that the government did not come “through a back door” as it was democratically elected.
During the convocation, the premier congratulated the graduating students and announced the establishment of 30 more campuses of Virtual University throughout the country including FATA, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. He also announced an IT award worth Rs20 million for deserving students in the remotest areas of the country.
Gilani further announced that PAK-SAT will provide one-hour free transmission facility to the university.
The prime minister also directed the Minister for Information Technology to expedite the matter of 3G technology. He said that this technology would not only bring about a revolution, create employment opportunities but would also promote development.
The prime minister said that the broadband centres in all the Union Councils of the country will provide 30,000 jobs to the students this year. He added that the federal government had already spent Rs22 billion on the development of IT infrastructure and broadband connectivity.
He also announced an allocation of Rs17 billion for strengthening broadband connectivity in other unserved areas of the country.
He added that he had already directed the finance minister to create 100,000 jobs in the coming budget 2012-13, and said that ‘they’ didn’t want him to do so in the budget, without mentioning anyone.
The prime minister was in Lahore to meet Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid (PML-Q) leaders Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. The meeting, according to sources privy to the talks, settled all outstanding issues – the most pressing of which dealt with the release of funds for PML-Q parliamentarians.