M. Afsar Shahid’s Revolutionary Educational Initiatives in AJK

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Naeem Kandwal
Politics is a worship if the purpose is to serve the people. In our religion, serving the people is considered as a great act of worship. A good democratic leader is one who is dedicated to serve the people. A good democratic leader is the one who adopts politics not as a profession but as worship. Former Minister for Religious Affairs Muhammad Afsar Shahid is a revolutionary political leader. He participated in the election for the first time in 2011 and was elected from constituency LA-1. He was given the ministry of religious affairs. If the development works during his tenure in the Ministry is carefully examined, a long list can be prepared. Especially his services in the field of education are highly commendable. I think it is necessary to mention some of his welfare works and achievements. Education gives people the skills they need to help themselves out of poverty or, in other words, into prosperity. If one got education then he is able to a better job then a labor’s work. He is ale to do a government job or any other private job and can show their skills which are helpful in developing a country. There is huge difference between an educated and uneducated person, an uneducated can’t show his ideas and skills better than an educated person. He is always beyond the educated one. Hence it is the education which can leads a person from poverty into prosperity. Hence the education plays a huge and a great role in developing a country. Due to this the Diogenes Caertius says that “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth”. There is no shortage of capable students in Azad Kashmir. If they are provided with equal and quality education system, it can become the most capable nation in the world. Muhammad Afsar Shahid is a revolutionary Personality. During his tenure in the Ministry, many Schools and Colleges were built. Institutions built include Samlotha High School, Ray Pur school, Onah boys high school, Onah girls high school, Salik Abad school, Baloh Primary school, Anb girls school, Ghanair girls middle school, Ghanair boys middle school, Rajowa school, Mohra Gujran school, Haveli school, Mera Chapran girls school, Mera Chapran boys school, Thanpal school, Bheli school, Bathar Middle School, Kandor high school, Lipari school, Devta Kaljoor school, Soraki high school and Gov’t degree college boys dadyal. Some new educational Institutions were also built in Salik Abad, Thar Budhar and Ibrahim Abad. Several Educational Institutions were upgraded Including Thara girls high school, Dagar girls high school, Ghanair girls middle school, Dheri Qasim girls middle school, Sahalia girls middle school, Boys middle school Bathroi and Mohra Kanyal girls high school. Muhammad Afsar Shahid did many other charitable works including the construction of roads, streets and parks. Especially the establishment of Sweet home in Dadyal is a great achievement. A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. Muhammad Afsar Shahid posses all these

qualities. He is honest, straightforward and have respect for others. “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth”. There is no shortage of capable students in Azad Kashmir. If they are provided with equal and quality education system, it can become the most capable nation in the world. Muhammad Afsar Shahid is a revolutionary Personality. Everyone can be a leader, yet only a select few can become a great leader. One of the leadership qualities that define a good leader is honesty. When you are responsible for a team of people, it is important to be straightforward. Treating people with respect on a daily basis is one of the most important things a leader should do. A political leader is a public servant who works for the betterment of the society. He is elected by the members of the society by casting votes. Mark Skousen says, “We shall never change our political leaders until we change the people who elect them.” But the question is, how can we change the People? How can this be possible? The answer is that it can only be possible through education. Former Minister for Religious Affairs Mohammad Afsar Shahid’s revolutionary services, especially in the field of education, are highly commendable. Before he came to power, there were almost no educational activities in Dadyal. Dadyal was very poor academically. Health and education are basic human rights. There is no doubt that Muhammad Afsar Shahid is a revolutionary leader. Due to his special focus on the education sector, revolutionary changes have taken place in Dadyal and living standard of the people has improved, Because only an educated nation can turn its decline towards perfection and its slavery into freedom by eliminating all the vices and weaknesses of the society. Muhammad Afsar Shahid has all the leadership qualities that a true leader should have. He knows the pulse of his people and loves them. He is selfless and the good of his people is his ultimate ambition. His most important purpose is to provide Education to the children irrespective of gender, race, religion and color. He wants to provide Basic and utmost health facilities to the needy and deprived.