Turning out possibility of sending a reference against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry over corruption charges against his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said the media had created hype over the issue.

While addressing the inaugural session of two-day Vice Chancellors Forum, the premier observed, “I think there is no need for sending a reference against Justice Chaudhry for alleged involvement of his son in the bribery scam”.

In his view, the Arsalan Iftikhar-Malik Raiz case was sub-judice hence there was no need to make tentative remarks over the matter. The matter had been greatly exaggerated and there was no question about proceeding against chief of the Supreme Court, he added.

He categorically rejected the reports of sending reference against the top judge of the country, saying only a small section of the press had been projecting the matter.

Commenting on the education sector, the prime minister said allocations in the budget for promotion of education had been increased to explore true potential of youth. The education sector was a top priority of the government and it would make maximum investment in it, he asserted.

Urging the Muslim countries to invest greatly in the education sector, the premier said they could compete with the developed countries only by investing in the human resource development.

He was of the opinion that all stakeholders will have to work together to overcome the problems, as Muslim countries are facing daunting challenges.

Gilani also highlighted importance of higher education, saying that it was imperative that maximum efforts should be made to improve it. The prosperous future of nation is directly linked to meaningful investments in science and technology, he noted.

He said, “The government will have to make increasing investments in education in spite of numerous other competing demands and urged the universities to prepare their students appropriately and equip them with the most relevant skill-sets, suitable for the modern market place”.

The prime minister expressed confidence over the practical proposals of the forum, saying these will further strengthen their respective higher education systems in general and research and development in science and technology.