ISLAMABAD, Jun 3 (APP): Minister of State for Federal Education Engr Muhammad Baligh ur Rahman has said that the continuity of the democratic process was essential for the development of any country.

Addressing a dinner ceremony hosted in honor of the position holder students of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) for the years 2015, he said that the martial laws in the past had been a big hurdle in the development process of the country.

Congratulating the position holder students, he asked them, there are positive as well as negative things in our society but “we should not always portray bad things as negativity brings hopelessness which is prohibited in Islam”.

Baleegh-ur-Rehman asked the students to enhance their analytical and critical thinking as such activities create a spirit to come forward and work hard for national growth.

He urged the youth to forge optimism for the national growth and social uplift. He said Islam strongly condemns pessimism, adding that disappointment among people destroys nations.

“Always see both the sides of a picture, as you have to sort out way out of the darkness of problems for your prosperous future,” the minister stressed.

He lamented the fact that deliberate efforts are made to spread pessimism among people under malicious agendas.

Referring to the role of media, Engr. Baleegh-ur-Rehman said media has a major role in the development of a country, so it should not only point out negativities in our social fabric but should also highlight the positive aspects.

He said the incumbent government is paying due attention to promotion of higher education.

Recalling the havoc of terrorism and extremism in the past, he said the menace of militancy took the country hostage till 2013, but currently the situation has highly improved as terrorism incidents have marked a visible decline.

He said the country’s capacity in generation of energy is rapidly increasing and it is also meeting its economic goals.

He said that our tax to GDP ratio has been increased to 12% from 8.5%, adding, education budget for the year 2016-2017 has been increased to Rs. 769 billion which is a remarkable achievement in itself.

Our four E’s (Education, Energy, Economy, and Extremism) has been working well, so we should not lose hope and always stay focused.

Dr Ikram Chairman FBISE on the occasion said that these children are our asset in the future.

He congratulated the toper students and urged them to play their due role for the development of the country in future.

The other participants on the event including, Senator Zafar Ali Shah, Malik Ibrar MNA, Senator Nuzhat Yasmin, Deputy Mayor Islamabad, Zeshan Haider Naqvi and Riffat Chaudhary, Dr Ikram Chairman FBISE, Federal Secretaries, Bureaucrats, VC Faisalabad College University, Rector IIUI, Senior Journalists also highlighted the importance of the education and congratulated the position holder students and their parents for achieving this high ranks.