Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Senator Sirajul Haq has called upon the government to allocate at least five per cent of the budget for education, to adopt Urdu as an official language and restore the students unions.

Addressing a mega education expo organised by the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) in Islamabad on Wednesday, Sirajul Haq said that the ‘made in Pakistan’ leadership could be produced only through the student unions. The IJT chief Muhammad Amar and provincial chief Saad bin Haroon, also spoke on the occasion.

The JI chief also demanded that after restoration, the student unions be given representation in the Senate and the syndicate of the universities. Siraj said that he would have saluted Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan if his 100 days plan had included a programme for the education of nearly 25 million children presently out of schools.

He said that the country needed Islamic scholars, not artists and actors. He also said that the Islamic scholars like Imam Malik, Imam Ghazali and others, could properly lead the countrymen in every field. The JI chief further said that the children of none of the ministers or the PM were studying at the government schools and colleges and this indicated the rulers’ interest in education.