Merit reigns supreme in Punjab: Shehbaz Sharif

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that the government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has eliminated the 70 years old culture of recommendations and nepotism and has promoted merit in every sector.

He expressed these views while addressing the students going Turkey under a Turkish language scholarship programme at Model Town, on Thursday.

As much as 150,000 teachers are recruited purely on the merit in the province, the CM said. Similarly, the recruitment from constable to the officer level has been made on hundred per cent merit in the police department, he added. The adoption of merit policy is a big service to the people of Punjab and strict action has been taken against the responsible persons if any complaint of violation of merit has been found anywhere, he added. He said that the students going to Turkey are ambassadors of the country and they should bring laurels home with their exemplary performance and behaviour.

While addressing the students, the chief minister said that you are the bright stars who have been selected to learn the Turkish language from the University of Istanbul; you are expected to work hard because hard work is a key to success, he added. He said that Pakistan and Turkey enjoy close, brotherly relations and both have been standing side by side in an hour of trail. The relations based on mutual love and respect exists between the people of both the countries and their hearts beat jointly.

He said that a number of Turkish companies have been investing in Punjab and the collaboration between Punjab government and Turkish companies is increasing. Therefore, it is important for Pakistani youth to learn the Turkish language.

He said that we have celebrated Independence Day some days ago and it is the intrinsic massage of this day that all the segments of the society should have equitable opportunities to excel. He said that we are economically and politically dependent despite being a nuclear power; it should not be our destiny and Pakistan was not meant for that. We are responsible for different incongruities and we alone have to rectify them. Almighty Allah can do everything but we can change the destiny by following the principles of hard work and sacrifice, he said.

He said that Turkish people love their Pakistani brethren and I am thankful to the Turkish Consul General for extending cooperation in the Turkish language program for Pakistani students. Replying to a question of the media persons, the CM said that short courses are also arranged for the politicians and he has also arranged their training in the academy.

Shehbaz Sharif also distributed laptops among the students going to Turkey. Five officers were also included in the delegation of these students. Schools Education Minister Rana Mashhood, Turkish Consul General Serdar Deniz and others were present on the occasion.