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Women must play role to make Pakistan a welfare state

11 January, 2013

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday Pakistan could be transformed into an Islamic welfare state if women play their "effective and active role" in the country.

"Daughters of the nation can play a vigorous role in the development of country by acquiring education," the chief minister said at a function to distribute laptops among students at Lahore College for Women University.

"Women are more than half of the population of the country and it is a matter of satisfaction that girls are dominating boy students everywhere," Shahbaz said.

"The nation attaches high hopes to its daughters and after completing education, they should play their active role in the practical field rather than sitting at home," he added.

According to the chief minister, the main agenda of "imported elements" is to create chaos in the country and sabotage the democratic process. He said those who enjoyed life in foreign countries and left people in the difficulties times should realise that "no person can dare stop holding of general elections in Pakistan".

"Every citizen is thinking as to why these imported elements have suddenly started feeling pain of the country and the nation."

The chief minister said that in the past guard of honour was accorded only to politicians and dictators although they did nothing to educate the youth.

"We have implemented revolutionary programmes for the promotion of education in Punjab and laid foundation for real change by giving guard of honour to the true stars of the nation," he said.

Congratulating girl students on getting laptops, Shahbaz said that more than 6,500 laptops have been distributed among the students of Lahore College for Women University "purely on the basis of merit".

He said the scheme of distribution of laptops is "transparent and no person can prove corruption of even a single penny in this programme".

The chief minister said provision of resources to the younger generation is not expenditure but a useful investment.

"If daughters of the nation become IT experts like Arfa Karim, there would be a revolution in the field of information technology in Pakistan," Shahbaz said.

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