By Irum Saleem
Former federal minister and PTI leader Moonis Elahi has lambasted Punjab caretaker chief minister Mohsin Naqvi for doling out precious government owned schools to his favourite private groups.
محسن نقوی پنجاب کے سرکاری سکولوں کی انتہائی قیمتی عمارات اور سہولیات من پسند نجی اداروں میں اپنی زاتی جائداد سمجھ کر بانٹنے لگا۔ آئین اور قانون نگران حکومت کو اس کی اجازت دیتا ہے نہ اختیار۔اس ناجائز تعلیمی نجکاری کا نتیجہ لا محالہ فیسوں میں بھاری اضافہ ہو گا۔ آج غریب بجلی اور گیس…— Moonis Elahi (@MoonisElahi6) October 15, 2023
Since I became member of his cabinet till now, PM @ImranKhanPTI has never spoken against Pakistan army infront of me. I have not heard him incite anyone against army.— Moonis Elahi (@MoonisElahi6) October 13, 2023
5 مہینے سے جیل کاٹ رہا ہوں، کوئی گھبراہٹ نہیں، مضبوطی کے ساتھ عمران خان کے ساتھ کھڑے ہیں، الیکشن کا ماحول بنے گا تو ہاتھ باندھ کے تو الیکشن نہیں ہو گا، چوہدری پرویز الہی کی گفتگو۔۔ pic.twitter.com/nj7BFq55Az— PTI (@PTIofficial) October 13, 2023
Putting his weight behind Punjab teachers and condemned the cruel crackdown of Naqvi led Punjab government against protesting academics, Mr Moonis said: “Mohsin Naqvi is doling out precious government owned schools to his favourite private groups as if these are his personal assets.”
The former federal minister said neither the constitution nor the law give this right to any caretaker government or unelected chief minister. “This illegal privatization will obviously lead to an unbearable rise in school fees. Today the poor are unable to afford expensive power and gas bills, how will they afford exorbitant school bills?” he asked.
Moonis Elahi lambasted the brutal police action and incarceration of Punjab teachers who were protesting against illegal privatization of government schools, poor staff salaries and an insufficient number of teachers is a most cowardly act of the so-called caretakers in Punjab.
“Mohsin Naqvi should be ashamed of his most inhuman treatment with teachers who are considered as any nation’s greatest benefactors,” the PTI leader said and added there was a time when Chaudhry Parvez Elahi’s “Parha Likha Punjab” (Educated Punjab) programme won global acclaim for its successful performance. “Sadly, the present ill-treatment meted out to educators in Punjab is a cause of global embarrassment for Pakistan,” Moonis lamented.
Thousands of teachers across Punjab are resisting the caretaker government’s decision to privatise 1,000 public schools in Punjab and amend the pension regulations.
By holding protests and strikes in the major cites as well as the districts, they are demanding the government revoke its decision to hand over the schools to the Muslim Hands Pakistan, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). PAK DESTINY