There is a dearth of leaders in Pakistan, he says
Prime Minister Imran Khan laid on Sunday the foundation stone of Al-Qadir University of Sufism, Science, and Technology in Sohawa, Jhelum.
“Countries cannot progress till its people get an education,” said Imran Khan while addressing the ceremony.
Pakistan has a serious dearth of leaders, he said. “We want young people to become leaders. We want people to know why a separate homeland was created for Muslims. We want everyone to become equal citizens.”
It is important for leaders to follow an ideology. “If you have no ideology then how can you become a leader?”
Islam has been the foundation of one of the best civilizations in the world for 1,000 years. “We need to enlighten our children about this,” he added.
The premier said that he started his political journey 23 years ago with the aim to make Pakistan a welfare state just like Riyasat-e-Madina.
The army cannot unite a nation, only the people can, he remarked.
States are supposed to work for the welfare of its people. In Pakistan, poverty is rampant in certain areas. There is a lack of development in merged districts, Balochistan and Sindh.
PM Khan said that the private financiers helped raised the money for the university. He remarked that 35% of students will be provided with scholarships.
Pakistan is the home of Sufis, he said. The Sufi saints brought the message of Muhammad PBUH to the subcontinent. “There is no research on their lives, we hope to change that with this university.”
The university will provide both Islamic and scientific education to the students and help them become morally, intellectually and spiritually accomplished persons, said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari.
The university is being set up to actualise the PM’s dream of providing equal opportunities to the country’s young people, he remarked.