CPEC manifestation of friendship between China, Pakistan: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed the commitment for timely completion of CPEC related projects. He was presiding over a meeting on Wednesday to review progress on the corridor projects and cooperation with China in other sectors of the economy.
Imran Khan said the CPEC is manifestation of Pakistan-China friendship.
The Prime Minister expressed the confidence that his upcoming visit to China and talks with the Chinese leadership will prove to be vital to further promote and strengthen relations between the two countries.
Minister for Planning Khusro Bakhtiar on the occasion briefed the meeting about the ongoing CPEC projects and the measures being taken to fast track their implementation.
Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad briefed the meeting about the ML-1 project and its benefits for the country.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that development of Balochistan is top priority of the government.
Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal has called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Wednesday. The ongoing development projects in Balochistan and current political situation came under discussion.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on political affairs was also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, addressing the prize distribution ceremony for the Madrassa students, who performed distinctively in the exams of contemporary education boards and religious seminaries, in Islamabad on Wednesday, the Prime Minister stated that the government plans to synchronize the entire education system to create social harmony in the country.
He said reforms are being introduced in the education system, which will help uplift the lower strata of the society with the provision of equal opportunities to progress.
He said a uniform curriculum is being designed so that all the graduates have equal opportunities to grow in their practical life. He said the graduates of the new education system will have understanding of religion, contemporary knowledge and science and technology.
Imran Khan said at present, three education systems are being practiced, which are leading to injustices and divisions in the society.
He said the PTI government had decided in its early days that the students of religious seminaries will be imparted contemporary modern education so that they too can get important positions in different professions.
Underlining importance of education, the Prime Minister said Islam has laid special emphasis on education. He said Muslims are weak today mainly due to lack of education.
He said eight million Kashmiris have been locked in occupied Kashmir in an open jail for two months.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan, Malaysia and Turkey have decided to launch an English language channel to present Muslims’ stance to the world and project the Muslim history.
He said the three Muslim countries have also decided to collaborate to make films on Muslim history and heroes of Islam.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood said the PTI government has been working on various initiatives to eliminate injustice in the society on the basis of education.
He said a uniform curriculum is being prepared for the government and private schools as well as Madrassas, and primary level curriculum will be prepared by March next year.
He said measures are also being taken to ensure that students of religious seminaries take examinations of contemporary education boards, and this process will hopefully be completed in three to four years.
The Prime Minister also distributed awards among position holders of seminary students and congratulated them for their future endeavours. – NNI

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