ISLAMABAD, Nov. 4, 2010 (APP): Minister
for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Thursday that promotion
was the motto of the present elected government as no nation can make strides
in the comity of nations without education.
He was speaking as the chief guest at an exhibition of logo designs for the
National Literacy Year 2010-11, organized by National Commission for Human
Development (NCHD) at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). He said
that it was unfortunate that literacy rate in our country was quite low and
that Nafeesa Shah as chairperson of the NCHD was facing a difficult task.
minister said that she is a very talented and hard working lady who had the
potential to deliver.
He said that it was good sign that the NCHD has used
art for promotion of literacy in the country.
He said that there was no doubt that education was the top priority of
the government, but due to scarcity of resources and some other urgent requirements,
the hands of the present regime were tied.
Kaira told the audience that
the passage of National Finance Commission Award and 18th Constitutional
Amendment, several sectors are being shifted to the provinces and education
is one of
Chairperson NCHD Nafisa Shah, MNA said that the commission works with
provincial and local governments in supporting education. “Along with providing additional
teachers and transitory schools to fill the gaps present in the delivery system,
the NCHD is promoting adult literacy by establishing adult literacy centers
Director General NCHD Zulfiqar Ahmad, during his welcome address, said that
year 2010-11 were officially announced as the National Literacy Year
by the Prime Minister.
The NCHD, acting as the secretariat to conduct various
to celebrate National Literacy Year, launched a logo competition
in June 2010 involving general public.
The main objective was to create awareness amongst the people developing
a sense of ownership and involvement of the creative people of Pakistan
cause of literacy in the country. A jury headed by Chairman Hunerkada
Jamal Shah finalized the winners. During the exhibition, the winners were
awarded with prizes.
Sajjad Hussain from Multan won the first prize while
Ali and Attiq-ur-Rehman both from Islamabad got the second
and third prize respectively.
Later, talking to media persons at PNCA, he said that Shaheed
Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto adopted the path of reconciliation as the country
a critical juncture and could not afford confrontation.
said that the PPP has clarified its stance several times on the issue,
Musharraf’s trial under Article 6 can knock at the door of superior judiciary.
They should also file petition in Supreme Court for review of Zafar Ali Shah
case verdict which validated to Musharraf’s take over of 1999 and allowed him
to amend the Constitution, he added. About NRO, he said that it was used as
a means for returning home.
To a question about alleged hiring of buildings
for Pakistani pilgrims in Saudi Arabia on higher rates,
he said that the Supreme Court has taken suo moto action and the matter was
sub judice. He said that
the court would give its verdict and if there was any
irregularity, the culprits would be brought to book.
However, he said that members of National Assembly
and Senate Standing Committees on Religious Affairs headed by Opposition
members have visited Saudi Arabia
recently,and if they had found any irregularity,they
should have pointed it out. About mid-term elections he said that there was
no such possibility as
President Zardari was an elected democratic president
and not a dictator like Musharraf.