Mianwali (Staff Report/Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that accountability and meritocracy hallmarks of a successful democracy.
Addressing the sixth convocation ceremony at NAMAL College Mianwali on Sunday, PM Khan said that democracy in Pakistan could only flourish if it is based on accountability and merit, adding that no country in the world had progressed without accountability and meritocracy.
He advised the students to learn from failures by rectifying mistakes and asked them not to forget their culture, religion and teachings of the founding fathers of Pakistan.
"In a welfare state like Madinah, so many years ago, they had understood that education was more important than money. They used to free prisoners of war once they had taught 10 people to read. They did not give priority to wealth — they gave importance to education.
The premier also congratulated the successful graduates and their parents on the occasion.
In his concluding remarks, Premier Imran reposed confidence in Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and criticised PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif’s recent comments about his successor.
"Shahbaz Sharif made some low comments about Buzdar — my question to him is who are you to say anything when you got everything through your brother?" said Khan.
The PM acknowledged that this was "not the place" for talking politics, but added: "I have to say it as I don't get a chance in the assembly; they [the opposition] don't let me speak."