MNA Justice (r) Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema stated that founders of Pakistan had not envisioned a secular country rather they envisaged an Islamic welfare state and it was the bounden duty of the teachers to sensitise and educate the students about the purpose behind the creation of Pakistan.

Addressing Maulana Zafar Ali Khan Award distribution ceremony, the PML-N MNA asserted that Pakistan and Islam were inevitable for each other’s and a true Islamic welfare state was the destiny for which unprecedented sacrifices had been rendered by the forefathers.

He appreciated the role of private schools, saying that private school not only raised the standard of education but also helped the government established educational institutions.

The ceremony was held under the auspices of National Association of Private Schools Pakistan (NAPS) and its Central President Sahibzada Masood Chishti presided over the ceremony.

Iftikhar Cheema pointed out that the government alone could not meet the educational requirements of modern day, especially in view of ever-increasing population. “The private sector will have not only to meet the shortage of schools but will also have to introduce quality education,” he stressed. He emphasised that teachers had a pivot role in building an exemplary nation and they should be role model for their student as the latter always follow them. He said that the new generation should be guide to harness their talent for the prosperity and development of the country. Prosperity of the common man is linked with a prosper Pakistan, Cheema argued.

Speaking on the occasion, NAPS President Sahibzada Masood Chishti said that when Pakistan was motherland its children were also belong to the nation, adding that knowledge, character and thinking of the teacher must be at the level where their words be considered final. This is up to teachers how they maintain themselves because their character and work is guarantee for the prosperity of Pakistan, he added.

NAPS Vice President Mukhtar Hamza Bhatti also spoke on the occasion. Later MNA Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema, Sahibzada Masood Chishti, Hafiz Mushtaq Ahmad Kaukab, Mukhtar Hamza Bhatti, Muhammad Idrees Spaal and Babar Hussain gave away awards to principals and teachers of private schools.