KHANEWAL - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif yesterday paid a surprise visit to a girls high school in Shamkot village and announced its upgradation to the higher secondary level.

The prime minister visited the institution on his way to Multan after performing inauguration of 56-kilometer Khanewal-Multan (M4) section of Motorway earlier in the day.

Addressing a significantly large number of people who happily gathered around him, the prime minister said he decided to reach out to the Shamkot villagers without any announcement because he wanted to find out their problems and issues by meeting and mixing them personally.

The villagers raised slogans in favour of the prime minister expressing their happiness.

On the prime minister's inquiry, they cited the issues of sewerage and sanitation and he directed the district administration to immediately resolve the problems.

Accompanied by the staff and officials of the girls school , the prime minister inspected different classrooms, laboratories and drinking facilities.

He expressed his concern over the dilapidated condition of different facilities, particularly the water cooler and electric wiring.

He individually inquired from students about their problems.

Upon the demands for provision of IT and science labs, maintenance and upgradation of the school building, the prime minister directed the officials concerned to provide the required facilities to the school on urgent basis. He also inquired from the school administration about the requirement of staff and directed that each and every requirement of the school should be fulfilled without any delay.

He said that the higher secondary girls school of Shamkot would be given the status of college in future to cater for girls' education of adjoining areas.

The students were overwhelmed to find the prime minister amongst them and they welcomed him by clapping their hands.

The prime minister also joined them in raising 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans.

Later, the prime minister also drove a vehicle from Shamkot interchange to Vehari Road interchange, covering a distance of 38 kilometers.