Give us education no tents, Ikramullah inspires PM Shehbaz
Ikramullah Khan, the minor boy who impressed Prime Minister of Pakistan: Photo Quetta Voice

Nafi Kakar, Syed Ali Shah: 

“Give us education, we do not need any tents”, a 13-year-old boy, Ikramullah inspired Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif. The Premier was visiting a flood relief camp set up in the Killa Saifullah district of Balochistan the other day. The minor is fluent in Urdu and speaks better English. Although, he belongs to an extremely poor and marginalized family.

Despite all troubles as a flood affectee, the minor boy managed to get closer to the Prime Minister and speak for the state of education in the area. “Government would provide you education anywhere in Pakistan in a well-reputed institution”, Shehbaz Sharif assured the minor inside the camp.

“I had decided to meet the Premier whatever happens”

“I had decided to meet the Premier whatever happens”, Ikramullah told Daily Quetta Voice in an exclusive interview. Chief Secretary Balochistan, Abdul Aziz Uqaili called the minor boy and encouraged him for his bold stance about the state of education.

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“My struggle is for the education of girls and boys in remote areas of Balochistan”, Ikramullah stated. In his interview with this daily, the minor boy spoke for the education of all girls and boys living in rugged mountains, deserts, plains and small towns of Balochistan.

Ikramullah’s father, Noor Muhammad Sail is a class IV employee

Ikramullah’s father, Noor Muhammad Sail is a class IV employee in the Balochistan health department at Killa Saifullah. ” A friend of mine pays Ikramullah’s school fee”, Mr. Sail informed. He said he was not in a position to pay for his fee and books.

Ikramullah’s mud-walled house located in Khainsoob area of Killa Saifullah has washed away in recent flash floods unleashed by torrential rains. His village is the worst hit by floods and heavy rainfall.

Family members told the minor boy to go and meet the PM to ask for relief but he had thought the other way. “They all thought I will beg for food and tents”, he recalled.

The video of the minor boy boldly speaking to the premier went viral on social media. The Prime Minister’s Office also shared the minor boy’s conversation with the PM on its official Twitter account.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.