“Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) will introduce a school adoption scheme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to provide missing facilities at public schools and improve education standards,” said PTI chief Imran Khan on Sunday.
He was addressing at a ceremony at Beaconhouse National University.
Khan said there were 10,000 schools in the province lacked rooms.
“We will seek support of oversees Pakistanis and ask them to adopt schools to promote education. The only road to progress is through education,” Khan said.
Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had allocated a large budget for education.
Imran also stressed the need to demilitarise the society.
He said the people of Pakistan desperately needed peace and the only way to achieve it was by pulling out of the War on Terror.
“I have travelled across Tribal Areas. The people I met were loving and hospitable. By fighting them, you cannot win them over,” he said.
Khan said after his party had come to power, he had realised that the situation so bad.
Khan said Pakistanis were tolerant people.
“When I was growing up, I didn’t see religious discrimination around me. This menace forms a part of our recent history, when our government decided to participate in proxy wars,” he said.
Khan said Pakistan needed to come out of its state of war and invest heavily in education.
“We must learn from our mistakes and stop and disarm the militant groups as no country could progress without peace,” he said.
BNU Board of Governors chairperson Nasreen Mehmood Kasuri and Vice Chancellor Shahid Hafiz Kardar also spoke on the occasion.
Syed Babar Ali, Razzaq Dawood, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Kasim Mahmud Kasuri, Shamim Khan and Khaliqur Rahman were also present.
Also present were deans of BNU Schools Gulzar Haider, Mehdi Hasan, Tariq Rahman, Dr Ruhi Khalid, Dr Khaver Zia and former dean of BNU School of Liberal Arts Mrs Navid Shahzad.
Talking to The Express Tribune, former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri said, “Government needs to appoint a full-time foreign minister. The people of Pakistan are uncomfortable with the prime minister’s closeness with heads of other countries.”
“Elections in Afghanistan and India will have a huge impact on Pakistan. The government should monitor these elections closely,” he said.
He added that in developed democracies the role of the Army is extended and it is the need of the hour that the government and Army should be on the same page.
Beaconhouse School of Architecture was named after the mother of lawyer Dr Parvez Hassan, Razia Hassan School of Architecture on the occasion. Parvez Hassan is a member of the board of directors of BNU.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 14th, 2014.
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