Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Daanish Schools are such centers of excellence in deserts as would change the destiny of the backward areas and become the source of elimination of terrorism and extremism. He was taking to a seven-member UK journalists’ delegation – led by Tahir Chaudhary- which called on him here on Monday.

Talking to the delegation, Shahbaz Sharif said that the Punjab government was utilizing all available resources for the rapid development of the province. He said that for the first time in the history of the country, a revolutionary Aashiyana Housing Project had been launched for provision of modern residential facilities to the poor and common man, and that the project was a glaring example of transparency and quality according to the policy of the government. He said that Daanish Schools, the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, setting up of IT Labs in more than four thousand schools of the province, improvement of infrastructure and completion of other mega projects were leaving a positive impact on the development of the province. He said that at present Pakistan was passing through a critical juncture and it was facing serious challenge of extremism and terrorism and the country could not progress without eliminating the scourge of the vices. The entire nation was united in the war against terrorism and it was writing new history of sacrifices, he added.

Paying rich tributes to the chief minister for launching projects like Daanish Schools and Aashiyana Housing scheme, the delegation members termed the government steps unprecedented. Those who met the CM included Tahir Jameel Noorani, Syed Zia-un-Noor, Adnan Khan, Wajhat Ali Khan, Hafiz Zameer Awan and Ibrar Hussain.