Information and Broadcasting Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Saturday said that the federal government has spent Rs35 billion on the Green Line project which would provide a modern travel facility to the people of Karachi.

Taking to the media on the occasion of 14th International Urdu Conference, he said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) launched the projects only on paper. The people of Karachi were well aware of the performance of both the PML-N and the PPP, he added.

He said the incumbent government had started work on the Jalalpur canal project in Jhelum district which was envisioned in 1898.

He said development work could not be done through lip service as was the habit of the past rulers, practical steps were needed to be taken and the PTI has done that.

Fawad said the young generation should be involved in positive activities to keep them away from extremism.

He said Sports Festival in Islamabad and Urdu Conference in Karachi were positive steps in this direction. The minister said Urdu was one of the few major languages spoken the world over, adding, literature and poetry in Urdu had no competition.

There were young poets and writers among university students who needed exposure, he added.

The minister said the government was also strengthening the local film industry. He said a technology university was being set up to support modern filmmaking. Besides, Fawad said expensive films were being made on the lives of Tipu Sultan and Zaheeruddin Babar.

The minister opined that this work should have been done 20 years ago but unfortunately in the past no one paid attention.

He said on the one hand people complaint about unemployment but on the other hand availability of skilled manpower was also an issue.

Fawad said the Pakistani media industry was facing shortage of technical people and there was a need of global collaboration for a skilled workforce.


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