Nov 06

2nd Phase Laptop Distribution Schedule Announced

Shahbaz Sharif CM Punajab Laptop Scheme Phase-II Schedule announced

Lahore (4th November 2012) – Punjab government has given final shape to the programme of laptop distribution among more than 100,000 students of the province under the Chief Minister’s Laptop Scheme.Shahbaz Sharif students Laptop Distribution Scheme 2012

According to schedule laptop distribution will as under:

Bahawalpur (07-11-2012)

Faisalabad (08-11-2012)

Lahore (12-11-2012)

Multan (15-11-2012)

Rawalpindi (16-11-2012)

In a handout issued on Sunday, Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister Zaeem Qadri said formal launch of the second phase of laptops’ distribution was being started from Bahawalpur on November 7, 2012.

He said that after Bahawalpur, laptop distribution ceremony would be held in Faisalabad on November 8, in Lahore on November12, in Multan on November 15 and in Rawalpindi on November 16.

Zaeem Qadri said 30,000 laptops had arrived for the second phase of the programme.



Apr 17

Free laptops: Petitioner seeks inquiry into ‘massive corruption’

A writ petition has been moved in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking a judicial inquiry into the alleged massive corruption in the laptop scheme launched by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.laptop shahbaz sharif

The petitioner, Mian Shahid Abbas, has made Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML) President Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif respondents.

Abbas has submitted that as per a report of Transparency International, the laptop scheme will cause a loss of Rs1.70 billion to the national exchequer.

He states that the Punjab government has purchased each laptop for Rs 35,000, but the actual price is Rs25,000.

Abbas states that the scheme is being used as a tool to carry out the political campaign of PML-N, further stating that pictures of Nawaz Sharif were being used in newspaper advertisements of Punjab government and that this was against the law.

The petition prays that the court order a judicial inquiry into the matter and get the embezzled money back.

The government of Punjab has been distributing free laptops to ‘talented’ students under the e-Youth Initiative program. The number of laptops distributed among the students has reached 85,000 out of the 125,000 laptops announced by the provincial government.

The laptops, priced at Rs37,700 each, are distributed among students in elaborate ceremonies under the program.

It has also been alleged that some laptops received by the students are being sold online and at markets in Lahore.

The LHC has also directed the convener of Youth Development Program to investigate whether the laptops being distributed at Government University College (GCU) were on the basis of personal liking.

Apr 04

Pujab Government Free laptops for students, now sold online

As the Government of Punjab continues to distribute free laptops to ‘talented’ students in the province, it appears that some have taken to selling the gift online.

Students Free Laptops Sold Online

A report  has revealed that laptops handed out under the e-Youth Initiative program are now allegedly being sold on, a website used by buyers and sellers in Pakistan.

A quick search shows sellers pitching their wares stating that the laptop is from the Youth Initiative program and is being sold Rs8,000 to Rs10,000 lower than the market price. Users have also suggested that bargaining can bring the price down.

It has also been revealed that some machines are available at Hafeez Center in Lahore at a much lower price. Laptops are reportedly being sold for Rs20,000 and lower than market prices.

The provincial government has so far distributed thousands of laptops in different cities. Students have also complained that laptops are not being distributed on merit.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) recently directed the convener of the Youth Development Program investigate whether the laptops being distributed at Government University College (GCU) were on the basis of personal liking or merit.

Asghar Javed, a student of MPhil (Urdu) at GCU, filed a petition on Monday claiming that the laptops being distributed as a part of the program initiated by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were not based on merit.