Govt mulls passing legislation to utilise recovered black cash for schooling

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday mentioned that his authorities was planning to introduce a legislation to divert and utilise recovered black cash in the direction of schooling.

PM Imran Khan — whereas addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences & Technology (PAF-IAST) at Mang in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Haripur metropolis — mentioned he was pondering passing a legislation to divert cash introduced in from “corrupt individuals” by the federal government’s asset restoration unit in the direction of schooling.

“The more we invest in education, the more secure our children and country’s future will be,” the premier mentioned, acknowledging that his authorities had did not “focus on education” because it got here to energy.

The failure of the ruling get together’s concentrate on schooling, he continued, was as a result of a “game of survival” it confronted after coming into energy.

The PTI regime’s first yr was spent on “stabilising the economy” whereas the coronavirus pandemic intervened within the second yr, he famous. “Now, my attempt is that we as a nation need to decide that wherever we save money from, we divert it to education,” he mentioned.

PM Imran added that Pakistan wanted to move in the direction of changing into a data financial system in an effort to progress and “free our minds” from colonialism — one thing that diverted the nation from its path 15-20 years after the independence in 1947.

“The dependency syndrome was put on us [after independence],” the prime minister mentioned. Reminiscing about his cricketing days, he shared an instance whereby his seniors instructed the crew throughout his first tour to England that their tour can be a “big success” in the event that they misplaced “respectfully”.

“We do not want to become good slaves [but] we want to find our own way. And this will happen through knowledge economy,” he mentioned. Pakistan was additionally , he added, because the nation had a younger inhabitants and “a lot of talent”.

PM Imran mentioned the organising of a college in Haripur was a “big start” in the direction of the aim and that Fachhochschule Oberösterreich was a “big engineering university in Austria”.

“This is a big step in the right direction for Pakistan — not just  for KP and Haripur,” he famous.

The premier additionally thanked the individuals who had nearly joined the inauguration in China and Austria, including that Pakistan appeared ahead to future cooperation with these nations as nicely.

Earlier, the Prime Minister’s Office had mentioned the institute is without doubt one of the initiatives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government that “envisages to create highly credible technical education infrastructure both at tertiary and hi-tech industry levels”.

“The concept underlying the PAF-IAST program is to contribute towards the development of a broad-based balanced industrial economy in Pakistan,” the PM’s Office mentioned on Twitter.

It added that the institute sought to “promote expansion and enhancement of higher education quality in engineering, science and technology”.

 The schooling facility would have a “parallel focus on the development of a hi-tech industry” in Pakistan, it added.