Pak indicators encouraging: Baligh

ISLAMABAD, Sept 28 (APP): Minister of State for federal education, Engr Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman Wednesday highlighted the role of the government in putting in place an effective plan to eliminate menace of terrorism from the society and mitigating the unemployment problem.

He was addressing the opening ceremony of 7th National youth Peace festival here, organized by Chanan Development Association in collaboration with Youth Parliament forum and UNFPA at National Library. Member Parliament Nepal, Iknat Dhakal; Member Youth Parliament, Roomina Khursheed and Country Director UNFPA, Dr. Hassan Mohtashami attended the event besides
scores of political and civil society activists and students.

Speaking on the occassion Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman said the people in general and the youth in particular were the main target of terrorism and elimination of this menace from the society remained a chllange for the country.

However, the government had devised a National Action Plan around 2.5 years ago and it has already been implemented successfully, he added.

Although we have still a long way to go but we could not deny the fact that things are improving day by day and crime rate has been reduced, unemployment gone down, energy crisis has been contained, investment and economy of Pakistan showing encouraging trend, he said.

One should never be hopeless as it is not allowed in our
religion, emphasized the Minister. Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance and we all should promote these two things with full devotion, the Minister added.

Quoting the President of London School of economics, Minister of State said,”Pakistan is giving a hope to the world, an economy which is developing despite the poor conditions of the economies around the world”.

Our youth is our future leaders and to be a true leader one has to be compassionate, empathetic and caring towards others’ needs, he said.

He also thanked the organizers for providing such a
platform to the youth where they could not only discuss peace but also devise a mutually agreed strategy to counter it.