Loralai candidates’ pledge on education

Alif Ailaan Report

Candidates of major political parties contesting the June 26, 2018 elections in Loralai, Balochistan, have pledged to put education on the top of their priorities if they are successful.

This commitment was made at an event in the city on June 26, 1018 which was organised by Sabawon Balochistan, in collaboration with Alif Ailaan.  Candidates Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (Nazriati), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), contesting for NA-258 and PB-4 of Loralai district, were present at the event.

Addressing the audience, the candidate of PKMAP, Mr. Shams Hamzazai, criticized his own party for not delivering in education sector as PKMAP had education ministry in previous provincial government of Balochistan. He admitted that efficiency of previous government was below par as far education was concerned.

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Some of the other significant points raised at the event included.

  • Haji Abdul Ghaffar Khudezai, a senior teacher of Loralai District, revealed that there are 300 posts of teachers vacant in Loralai but successive governments did not take any step to fill these positions. He also stated that political interference in education can be determined by the fact that 10 DEOs (District Education Officers) were appointed in Loralai district over last 5 years.
  • The candidate of Pakistan People’s Party, Mr. Sarbuland Jogezai, stated that their slogan was Roti, Kapra and Makan but now they´d include education in this slogan. “Education is our first priority now.”
  • The Jamaat-i-Islami candidate, Mr. Abdul Karim, emphasised the importance of unity among political parties to achieve the goal of education reforms and improve quality of education in Loralai.
  • Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf´s candidate, Syed Qurban Gharsheen, claimed that PTI will improve education situation of Balochistan as it did in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, if people of Loralai voted for them.

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