A nation cannot become powerful unless it brings the powerful persons under scanner of law: PM

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ISLAMABAD, April 15 (Online): Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has said nations cannot make progress without rule of law and a nation can never become powerful if it does not bring the powerful person under the scanner of law.

“nations cannot make progress without rule of law. A nation which does not bring the powerful under scanner of law can never become powerful. Corrupt person harms the country even after laundering the money to other countries. The powerful persons shift the money outside the country while the poor person goes to jail, he said this while addressing the launching ceremony of Rehmatul-Lil Alameen scholarship program here Thursday.
PM held the state cannot become welfare state unless it fulfills the requirement of common man. A weak person cannot purchase flat in London, no matter how much theft he commits. But the powerful transfers the money outside the country. 1000 billion dollars is laundered from the poor countries to other countries . Powerful persons do this. The country will not develop if they are not brought under the scanner of law, he added.

PM expressed resolve to extend the Rehmatul-Lil Alameen scholarship program to the entire country and announced that federal government will spend Rs5.5 billion on scholarships annually.The scholarship is not only for Muslim students but non-Muslim students are also eligible for the program.

He stressed life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is a beacon for whole world and foundations of a welfare society can be laid by following his teachings,
He noted that no nation can make progress without education. He said the present government is especially focusing on the education sector with the aim that our youth learn from the Sunnah of Hazrat Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wa Salam Khatim-un-Nabiyeen.
He pointed out that the greatest man on Earth, Prophet Muhammad, made the quest for knowledge a sacred duty in Madina. “We have restricted the teaching of the Prophet to the mosque but don’t implement his teachings in our everyday lives.”

The premier said under the umbrella of Ehsaas program, several programs have been started for the relief of under privileged segments of the society. He said the network of Koi Bhooka Na Soye will be expanded to the entire country. He also commended the governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for deciding to provide the universal health coverage to the people.
It merits mention that a budget of 27.93 billion rupees has been approved for this national level program which will be used in th next five years. The program will be implemented in one hundred and twenty nine public sector universities across the country.
The provinces are also pursuing Rehmatul-Lil Alameen scholarship program. In Punjab, the annual budget of one billion rupees has been approved for this scholarship program. Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will also roll out the program, for which the budget allocation will be 427 million rupees.

The programme is spread over five years. “Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be giving 15,000 scholarships every year,” the premier said.
The government will give scholarships to undergraduate students from lower-income groups. Students whose family income is less than Rs25,000 will be eligible for it. The scholarships will be provided on a merit basis.
A budget of Rs27.93 billion has been approved for the programme, which will be utilised over the next five years. Students from 129 public sector universities across the country can apply for scholarships.
The Rehmatul-Lil Alameen Scholarship Programme is being launched by the Higher Education Commission at the federal level. Provinces have been instructed to start the programme.
In Punjab, Rs1 billion have been approved per annum for the programme. The budget for Khyber Pakhtunkwa has been set at Rs427 million per year. The provinces have already started giving out scholarships.

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