China, Pakistan reaffirms commitment to expeditiously complete CPEC projects
PM launches Pakistan Medical Commission Online Service, Rehmatul-Lil Alameen scholarship program
China will do its utmost to help Pakistan deal with the surge of COVID-19, including expeditious provision of vaccines.
This was stated by Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong, while talking to Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Thursday.
Imran Khan said Pakistan is currently facing third wave of COVID-19 and the government is taking necessary measures to combat it and has devised an elaborate plan of vaccination across the country.
He underscored the transformational significance of China Pakistan Economic Corridor and reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to expeditiously complete CPEC projects.
The Prime Minister congratulated Chinese leadership on successfully achieving the momentous goal of eradicating extreme poverty from China. He underlined that Pakistan is keen to learn from China’s experience of poverty alleviation as well as development.
Imran Khan added that the people of Pakistan look forward to welcoming President Xi Jinping to Pakistan at the earliest convenience.
Ambassador Nong Rong conveyed cordial greetings of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang and reaffirmed the resolve to further strengthen Pakistan-China ties.
The Ambassador also reiterated invitation to the Prime Minister to visit China.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said practicing the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) in everyday life was need of the hour to bring a positive reformation in the society.
“Remodeling our lives out of mosques and connecting with the way of life of the ‘greatest personality’ (PBUH) in entire universe is extremely important for the society at present,” the prime minister said in his address at the launch of Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Scholarships for talented and deserving students.
Imran Khan said the government aimed at promoting the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) and encourage people to imbibe His glorious teachings that presented a complete code of life and a guiding beacon for all.
“It is sad that we disconnected with the real teachings of the One, whom even the non-Muslims thinkers regard as the most influential person,’ he said.
He said the Prophet (PBUH) emphasized on seeking knowledge, for both men and women, and mentioned that launch of scholarships under his name ‘Rehmatul-lil-Alameen’ (Blessing for all worlds) was in line with the importance He gave to education.
He quoted an excerpt from the life of the Prophet (PBUH) where He set a condition for release of captives to teach 10 persons against the common practice of demanding sum of money.
The prime minister said rule of law, social justice and education were the most important ingredients of a welfare State, without which, a nation could not succeed and prosper.
He said the Rehmatal-lil-Alameen Scholarship programme was being launched nationwide by the Higher Education Commission at federal level to provide students from low-income families the access to education.
He said a budget of Rs 27.93 billion had been approved for the programme to be utilized over the next five years, which would be implemented in 129 public sector universities across the country. He made it clear that the scholarship would be awarded to all and without discrimination of any religion or faith.
Imran Khan said the government would spend Rs 5.5 billion annually on overall award of 70,000 scholarships.
Under the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen programme, he said, the federal government would spend Rs 28 billion for 350,000 scholars while Punjab and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa would allocate Rs 1 billion for 15,000 scholarships each.
The prime minister lauded the two provincial governments for implementing Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Scholarship programme.
Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said the Scholarship programme would be available for all Pakistani students across the country, including provinces and Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
He mentioned that fifty percent quota had been allocated for women while two percent reserved for persons with disabilities.
He said 14,000 scholarships would be awarded at inter-mediate level and 655 for the under-graduate students.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched Pakistan Medical Commission Online Service to facilitate doctors, dentists and students to apply online for licenses, certificates and verification.
The service will also provide assistance to the physicians about the latest developments taking place in medical education and treatment. This reflects digitalization of the regulatory body harmonized with the contemporary trends of 21st century.
Addressing the launching ceremony in Islamabad this afternoon, the Prime Minister said the service will help evaluate performance of the medical colleges in a transparent manner.
He congratulated the PMC team on establishing the online system of verification and said that the step taken by the PMC will improve the standard of the performance and standard of the medical colleges in Pakistan.
Imran Khan assured the PMC of all out help from the government in this endeavour.
He said for the first time, the government is working on providing universal health facilities to the people for which health cards are being provided to them.
He said that health card is a protection provided to the people of less privileged segments of society.
Imran Khan said universal health coverage will bring about a revolution to the health sector, prompting the private sector to establish hospitals in far-flung areas of the country.
He said the government is facilitating the private sector by allowing duty-free import of medical equipment and government lands on cheaper rates for the establishment of hospitals in smaller cities and towns.