LAHORE - Education is the right of every child and it is the demand of social justice that equal educational facilities to all segments of the society especially poor children are available.

These views were expressed by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif during a meeting with Ali Hamza, a fruit seller who scored second position in Matric examination (Arts Group) from Gujranwala, on Sunday. The chief minister congratulated Ali Hamza, his mother and his class teacher for such distinction. “Whole nation is proud of this brilliant boy, Ali Hamza who showed splendid performance amid all the hardships and difficulties,” he said.

He said that achievement of Ali Hamza through determination and hard work despite limited resources has proved that Pakistani youth are capable to change the course of history. He said that talented and intelligent students like Ali Hamza are a hope for the nation.

He said that the Punjab government was utilising all out resources for the progress of low income but talented youth. He said that brilliant and hard working students like Ali Hamza are a precious asset of the nation and the future of the country depends upon them.

The chief minister said that Pakistan can be transformed in accordance with the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal by equipping students like Ali Hamza with education and such a country can be created which is based on socio-economic justice and equal opportunities are available to the children to move ahead.

He said that Punjab government is striving for promoting such an educational system and for this purpose, educational institutions like Daanish schools have been set up. He said that Ali Hamza had achieved tremendous success in difficult conditions through hard work and prayers of his parents.

Shahbaz said that if Ali Hamza maintains the same level of educational performance, full support will be extended to him and Punjab government will bear all his educational expenses.

He said that Ali Hamza could receive education from any educational institution and Punjab government will support him. He said that commitment of Ali Hamza to education is commendable who met his educational expenses by running a fruit cart.

He said that education was the key to success and provision of resources for the promotion of education is useful investment. He said that Punjab government in order to encourage position holder students give them cash prizes and send them on a visit to prestigious educational institutions of European countries. The mother of Ali Hamza informed that she is a heart patient and her husband is also ill for the last six years, therefore, it is very difficult for them to afford further education of their son.

The chief minister announced that besides paying educational expenses of Ali Hamza, Punjab government will also bear the expenses on the treatment of the ailing parents of Ali Hamza.

The chief minister said that teachers should pay attention to the education of their students and resolve their problems.

The chief minister gave a cheque for five lakh rupees and a laptop to Ali Hamza while cash prize of 1.5 lakh rupees was given to his teacher Haider Ashraf. He also announced to make Govt High School Daska a model school.

The Secretary Higher Education was also present on the occasion.