LAHORE - Speakers at a seminar on Thursday unanimously called upon the government to enhance budgetary allocation for education sector up to 4 per cent of the GDP and launch 'free education for all programme. They expressed these views while addressing a post-budget seminar on elementary education held under the aegis of National Forum here at a local hotel on Thursday. Chief Justice (r) Mian Mahboob Ahmed said that everybody should play his role to do something to promote education in the country if the government is not fulfilling its responsibility. He said that India had achieved nothing so special that we should follow it. He pointed out that common man in India is the worst hit by state tyranny in the world. He said that Pakistan inherited the budget system from West, where loan and interest are the key components as this fact is evident from the recent budget in which the government has categorically stated that if the Friends of Pakistan did not render money, they would be left with no other option but to approach to International Monetary Fund (IMF) to get more loans. He said that the expenditures of Prime Minister House are above Rs 600 million while the government is seeking masses support to help the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). He said if the Prime Minister was not willing to curtail the expenditures of PM House then how common people would trust the government. Addressing the seminar, President Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) and Editor The Nation Arif Nizami said that elected representatives had not given priority to education as only less than 2 per cent of the GDP has been allocated for education while it should be upto 4 per cent. He said that the government was taking the plea that war on terror is their own war that had drastically reduced its resources and eventually, the government had to slash education budget. But the fact remains that Pakistan had never been able to get confidence of NATO and UNESCO, he added. Arif Nizami pointed out that 'Parha Likha Punjab programme was launched by the previous regime of Pervaiz Elahi but it vanished with the government. He regretted that politicians used education for their self-projection. He further said that the education being imparted in religious seminaries at present was helping in producing Taliban. He said media had also not played its due role in projection of education because more space is given to the political issues. He said that imposition of dictatorship could be one of the reasons as media had to focus for most of the time on restoration of democracy. Chairman National Forum Col (r) Ikram Ullah said that all the political parties should sit together and form a comprehensive policy on education. Former Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmed Khan said that the politicians made tall claims about education but they never gave it priority. Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Farooq Hameed and Masood Ahmed also spoke on this occasion. Meanwhile, the participants through a resolution called upon the government to allocate 4 per cent of the GDP to education and stressed to launch a programme of 'free education for all. They also demanded that the NGOs should be provided resources for elementary education at local council level. They said that the federal government should not interfere in education sector and the subject should remain with the provinces only.