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Benevolent governance personified

Courtesy:-  S Rahman Like all the sane leaders and statesmen, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is of the firm belief that no nation on earth can survive without proper energy resources and without a sound economy. For the PM, deadlines are more important than even the economic goals and targets. This is what is needed under the present circumstances as lot of rot had come our way that now needs surgery not only with precision but also with speed.

Education is our future

Courtesy:-   SHAMSHAD AHMAD In a message to All-Pakistan Educational Conference at Karachi on November 27, 1947, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah said: ““There is no doubt that the future of our State will and must greatly depend upon the type of education and the way in which we bring up our children as the future citizens of Pakistan. Education does not merely mean academic education, and even that appears to be of a very poor type. What we have to do is to mobilize our people and build up the character of our future generations.” This was indeed a message of prophetic relevance to our nation’s future. The Quaid correctly emphasized the critical role education plays in the over-all health and well-being of a modern nation-state. Unfortunately, with misplaced priorities, we never focused on developing education as a pillar of our nation-building and as an asset for a modern, progressive and prosperous Pakistan. Historically, as a public sector responsibility, education in

PM speech to youth

Respected elders, brothers, sisters and committed youth! Asalam-o-Alaikum  I do not intend to make any speech but want to briefly announce certain measures which we had promised in our manifesto and to which we repeatedly referred during the election campaign. Today, we embark upon the fulfilment of those promises. This is the first step in that direction and  with the passage of time the scope of these measures will not only be expanded but extra resources will also be diverted to this end which I consider as a sacred mission. Your government is firmly committed to helping Pakistan surmount all its difficulties and elevating the country’s economy to that a level of strength as to render us independent of foreign assistance. We want to save on all the amount which is presently meeting the  losses of public sector enterprises. The resources so saved could be devoted to the welfare, education and training and the provision of employment opportunities to our youth. As I sai

PM has unveiled the government’s program for youth which consists of six especially formulated schemes:

     1.      MICRO Interest Free Loans           2.      Small Business Loans Scheme            3.     Youth Training Scheme                                                                                                                                       4.            Youth Skills Development Scheme          5.      PM’s Scheme for Provision of Laptop        6.      PM’s Scheme for Reimbursement of Fee of Students from the Less Developed Areas     


PM has unveiled the government’s program for youth which consists of six especially formulated schemes: 1.      MICRO Interest Free Loans 2.      Small Business Loans Scheme 3.      Youth Training Scheme 4.      Youth Skills Development Scheme 5.      PM’s Scheme for Provision of Laptop 6.      PM’s Scheme for Reimbursement of Fee of Students from the Less Developed Areas PM has desired that the people, especially youth should give suggestions & proposals which can be incorporated in these schemes to make them more effective, transparent & 100% on merit. You are requested to give innovative but practical suggestions in view of the current national & global requirements & potential, strengths and aptitude of our youth. So give voice to your ideas & support the government in its initiatives for the youth. These proposals will be forwarded to the PM office for inclusion in the government’s program for youth. Please post/send your suggestions at:

Democracy at work

Courtesy:- MALIK MUHAMMAD ASHRAF It was indeed a rare and epoch making spectacle to watch the newly elected President taking oath of his office, flanked by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former President Asif Ali Zardari, with two former Prime Ministers, political leaders and services chiefs in attendance. The event not only reflected a healthy transformation in the political culture of the country, made possible by smooth transfer of power through ballot but also represented a strong snub to the detractors of democracy and its virtues.

Public Verdict on Performance of Governance and Democracy in First 100 Days of National and Provincial Governments

September 15; On International Day of Democracy, PILDAT has released Public Verdict on Performance of Governance and Democracy in First 100 Days of National and Provincial Governments. The verdict is based on a nation-wide public opinion poll commissioned by PILDAT. [1]   Popular verdict on performance of the  Federal Government  led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during its first 100 days is on the whole  positive , as 62% of a national sample of men and women across the nation's 4 provinces give it a Good Rating, as opposed to 32% that give it a Poor Rating. The balance of the two or the NET PERFORMANCE RATING (NPR)  [2]  is thus 30.     This poll is a performance tracker regarding governance by the Federal Government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, 4 Provincial Governments and the Performance of Democracy in its various forms and expressions. The Poll was commissioned by PILDAT and comes nearly at the end of 100 days of the inauguration of Pakistan's newly-ele

Statesmanship a la Nawaz Sharif

Courtesy:- S.Rahman  Charismatic leadership is a bygone phenomenon, but statesmanship is a permanent feature and blessed are those nations that have sagacious, good-natured and practical statesmen like Mian Nawaz Sharif. It might appear to some as mere panegyric or praise for the sake of praise but in fact, it is not so. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rather symbolises all these qualities by way of their practical demonstration in his style of administration. His is a blend of personal warm feelings and formal functions, a unique combination of good human qualities and efficient governance that adds up to what we can describe as graceful statesmanship. Just the other day, the nation witnessed the glimpse of that graceful statesmanship when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held an honourable farewell in the honour of the outgoing President, Asif Ali Zardari.

The defender’s pride

Courtesy:-   Waheed Hamid Defence Day (Youm-e-Difa) is celebrated in Pakistan as a national day on September 6 every year. The day reminds us of the supreme sacrifices Pakistan Army men rendered in 1965 when the nation went into war with India. On this day Pakistan Armed Forces successfully defended Lahore, Sialkot and other important sectors of the country from foreign aggression and repulsed a force which was 5 times bigger than Pakistan’s forces. On September 6, 1965, Indian forces attacked Pakistan, but the defenders defended and left memories of selflessness and sacrifice for the Nation. M M Alam shot down 05 Hawker Hunter fighters of Indian Air Force, in air-to-air combat by shooting down five Indian aircraft in less than sixty seconds, and made a world record. Pakistan recaptured Khem Karan, one of the world’s greatest battles of tanks was fought at Chawinda as India opened the Sialkot front with an armoured and three infantry divisions. Pakistan took the war to Indi