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Prime Minister address Results Ceremony HSSC of Federal Board of Education ISLAMABAD

PM vows promoting education to root out militancy

ISLAMABAD, Jul 30 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Thursday describing illiteracy as root-cause of growing terrorism and extremism said the government was focusing on inculcating quality education in youth for positive mental growth. “Terrorism is a main challenge for the country and ignorance is the major root-cause,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the medal awarding ceremony of Federal Board of Education students who excelled in Higher Secondary School Certificate examinations here at the PM Secretariat.

The prime minister said destruction of schools and colleges by terrorists in Swat and Malakand was a glaring example of how Islam was being distorted by a handful of people.

The Prime Minister said the government had taken strict measures to counter militancy in the country. “We believe that actions speak louder than words,” he said and added the government would not let the country fall into the hands of militants.

He said Pakistan cannot be treated as a failed state and said the nation supports the belief that terrorists were state-enemies and were working at the behest of foreign agenda.

He strongly criticized the earlier ban imposed by militants on girls’ education in Malakand region and said on the contrary Islam urged education for both men and women.

Gilani said there was a need to improve country’s image and education could greatly help in this regard.

He stressed the need for educating the new generation on modern lines to help them compete with the world. Gilani said the new education policy focused on vocational skills would help the youth exploit greater job opportunities within the country and abroad.

Prime Minister Gilani said due to the good governance and dynamic economic policies of the present government, Pakistan is no more a failed state and it has come out of its problems and nullified the claims of its opponents that the government will collapse soon.

Gilani mentioned in details the contribution by his forefathers’ for promoting education in Multan and its suburbs since 1834. He said their efforts were for the uplift of Muslims who did not have access to education.

He mentioned several educational institutions including Anjuman Millat-e-Islamia and Nishter Medical College founded by his family elders, and vowed to continue the tradition of promoting knowledge for all.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the outstanding performance by the students of HSSC and announced prize money of Rs 100,000 Rs70,000 and Rs 50,000 each for first, second and third position holders.

Prime Minister Gilani also awarded gold medals, certificates and cash prizes amongst the first, second and third position holders and particularly lauded the students, their teachers and parents for the accomplishment.

The highest ever marks secured by any student in the HSSC in any board were by Iqra Ejaz with 1030 marks in pre-engineering group. Prime Minister Gilani also presented her a laptop besides Rs 40,000 cash. The second and third positions were secured by Syed Ali Hasnain with 999 marks and a silver medal and Zeeshan Mahmood with 992 marks and a bronze medal.

In pre-medical group Fatima Ayaz secured 1017 marks and secured a gold medal, followed by Aima Tariq with 1013 marks and a silver medal, Zohebia Khalid and Amia Amer both with 1005 marks and got a bronze.

In the General Sciences Ayesha Afzal got 997 with a gold, Mohsin Mustafa got 974 with a silver and Wardah Naseer got 971 with a bronze.

In Commerce Group Hamida Shams got 920 with a gold medal, Uzma Raja got 911 with a silver, Shazadah Gul with 904 won a bronze. In Humanities Zahida Noreen got 892 and secured a gold medal, Almas Javed and Rabia Tariq both got 880 and got a silver medal each and Samreena Khan got 876 and won a bronze medal.

Prime Minister Gilani later invited the children to a reception at the PM House.

Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani on the occassion said that education was accorded the highest priority by the PPP government and said the education policy would soon be announced.