APP02-08 RAWALPINDI: December 08 - Minister of State for Information Broadcasting & National Heritage Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb addressing during inaugural ceremony of Rawalpindi Ideal Students Expo-2016. APP photo by Javed Qureshi

RAWALPINDI, Dec 8 (APP): Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb Thursday said major successes had been registered in the war against terrorism during last three years, due to sagacious policies of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, support of the people and political parties, and sacrifices of the armed forces and security agencies.

Speaking as chief guest here at Rawalpindi Ideal Students Expo (RISE) 2016, she said the youth, especially students, had played a very important role in that regard by pursuing education despite attacks on their institutions.

“The terrorists attacked Army Public School and other educational institutions to terrorize the students but our young generation and their parents showed courage and foiled the conspiracy,” she said.

Marriyum said every citizen of the country, including students, had supported the government, armed forces and law enforcement agencies in the war against terrorism.

Today’s Pakistan was far more safe and secure than it was in 2013, she said adding that the valiant armed forces and security agencies had given great sacrifices in that war.

“The present democratic government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attaches top priority to the educational sector and the Prime Minister’s Educational Reform Programme is its manifestation,” she added.

The minister said under the Prime Minister’s Educational Reforms Programme three areas were being focussed – upgradation of infrastructure at 422 educational institutions of the Federal Capital, quality education and teachers training. The programme’s scope could also be expanded to Pakistan Sweet Homes, she added.

She asked the management of educational institutions to participate in the Quaid’s Week celebrations from Dec 19 to 25.

Marriyum said modern laboratories had been established in over 60 educational institutions of the Federal Capital to ensure that the public sector schoolchildren get facilities at par with those studying in private institutions.

The youth were focus of the present government as over 60 per cent Pakistani population was below 45 years of age, she said and cited youth loan, easy loans, laptop and fee reimbursement schemes launched in that regard.

She said Pakistan had made substantial progress in eradication of polio and malnutrition. A water sanitation campaign had also been launched, she added.

Appreciating the organizers of the expo, she said RISE like expositions reflected the urge of the Pakistani youth to move forward.

Earlier, Fateha was offered for the departed souls of the PIA plane crash. Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan Sweet Homes Zamurd Khan and Jammat Islami leader Raza Shah also spoke on the occasion.