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Friday Apr 23 2021
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PM Imran Khan says 'only education can change people's fates' during university inauguration

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Prime Minister Imran Khan speaking during the inauguration  ceremony of Kohsar University in Murree on Friday, April 23, 2021.

  • Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurates Kohsar University in Murree on Friday.
  • Says only education can change people's fates.
  • Says the inauguration of the university will also give a boost to tourism in the area.
  • Says Pakistan can earn much more through tourism as compared to exports. 

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday inaugurated the Kohsar University in Murree and said that education is the only way to change a person's fate, adding that the masses expect their governments to invest in health and education. 

Shedding light on the condition of Murree, which is a popular tourist destination in Pakistan, the premier said that over the years, the population of Murree has increased, however, there are no hospitals there to cater to the needs of the masses except for a small hospital in Nathia Gali. 

"It is the duty of the government to cater to the needs of the masses, take care of their health, and give them access to education," the PM said, adding that in this day and age of information and technology, [it is essential to say abreast with the rest of the world in order to succeed].

The premier also stressed that education is the only way to change people's fates. 

"An illiterate, poor person works hard by performing manual labour but does not receive enough compensation for that," the PM said. "If you give some technical education to the same person or teach them some skills, they can earn much more."

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that nowadays, there are many information and technology (IT) related courses which students can undertake for six months after finishing their matric. In this way, he said, students can earn a living more easily.

Speaking about the riches that Pakistan has been blessed with, PM Khan said that the nation should be thankful to Allah.

"[Unfortunately] we continue to be ungrateful to Allah even though He has bestowed Pakistan with innumerable riches and resources," the PM said.

'Tourism alone can help us pay our debts'

He said that the presence of Kohsar University will also give a boost to tourism in Murree, adding that Pakistan is gradually moving towards development as all areas are improving across different levels. 

"Our tourism industry is growing fast, and social media has played an important role in that," the prime minister said. "Tourism is the future of Pakistan. We can pay all our debts with tourism alone."

He said that Pakistan can earn far more from tourism as compared to exports.

The premier said that since so many people visit Murree every year, the city gets overcrowded, so much so that people don't even find the space to walk. 

"In view of the situation in Murree, we need to open more touristic spots in the country," he said, adding that tourism will not only boost the economy but it will also generate employment for the local people and they wouldn't be compelled to move to cities to look for work.

'Countries that prioritise the needs of its people always prosper'

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that when the state does something to help the poor and the needy, Allah bestows that state with more resources.

"All countries which prioritise the needs of the masses are prospering," he said. "Even non-Muslim [nations] progressed by adopting the golden principles of Riyasat-e-Madina."

Citing a report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the prime minister said that poverty is fast being reduced from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa [due to the provision of employment opportunities to the people].