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NSTP Inaugurated
Prime minister vows to make Pakistan corruption-free
ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the National Science and Technology Park (NSTP) at the National University of Sciences and Technology’s (NUST) Jinnah Auditorium, the spokesperson for the Pakistan Army said in a statement issued Monday. The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is also the chairperson of the NUST’s Board of Governors, received PM Imran at NUST for the university’s flagship project, the NSTP, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in its statement.
The “NSTP being first of its kind in Pakistan is a platform to catalyse the knowledge economy, has been launched under the overarching theme of ‘INNOVATE PAKISTAN’ – a platform designed to synergise researchers, creators, investors, implementers and end users of technologies to transform innovative ideas into successful products and services, while promulgating a culture of entrepreneurship in Pakistan. The programme would augment the Government’s recent launch of Kamyab Pakistan”. programme aimed at development of national youth. PM also visited Research and Development Centres established by China and Turkey at NSTP NUST, the ISPR said. The PM, who also toured the NSTP’s Research and Development Centres, commended the vision of the NUST’s leadership for having planned and accomplished this much needed initiative, the ISPR noted.
PM said that all antiquated systems of economic progress have been upstaged by the new and enormously improved Knowledge Economies wherein any country’s economic substance and outlook are the sum of its intellectual capital, research and innovation prowess and edge in technological advancements, PM Imran said at the event, as per the ISPR.
Among those in attendance were federal ministers, ambassadors of friendly countries, Rector NUST, senior government, and renowned industry representatives from across the country, as well as the NSTP’s local and international tenants, comprising tech giants, high-tech SMEs, and startups.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also launched the anti-corruption app called ‘Report Corruption’ in Islamabad in connection with International Anti-Corruption Day. Addressing the ceremony, the prime minister hailed the launch of the Report Corruption app as it will help in making the country corruption-free. I am very pleased with the launch of this app as it will help in making Pakistan a modern and transparent nation, said PM Khan while addressing a ceremony on occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day.
He expressed hope that this app will help to transform Pakistan into a modern and transparent nation. The prime minister said the anti-corruption establishment Punjab has been successful in recovering billions of rupees from corrupt elements which need to be widely publicized, adding the recovered money will be spent on the uplift and betterment of people.
The premier urged the Punjab government to widely disseminate information about the money recovered from corruption to people. So far, the performance of the anti-corruption establishment of recovering money is an impressive take. I would like of chief minister to publicize such information so people may know the journey from corruption to anti-corruption and the benefits of this drive for the people, added PM Khan. Prime Minister regretted that people are unaware of the vital link between corruption and their miseries. People fail to understand that when a country’s money is robbed, it creates devastating effects for its people, he added. Referring to the example of China, the Prime Minister said hundreds of people have been put in jails on graft charges including ministers in order to eradicate corruption from their country.
z Terming overseas Pakistanis as a precious asset of Pakistan, he said they can invest heavily in the country if they are sure of no corruption.

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