HASSAN ABDAL, Dec 19 (APP):Expressing his confidence over the government’s efforts to put the country on the path of socioeconomic development and bringing about a real change in the lives of people, President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday urged the youth to play their part in making a new Pakistan.
“I assure you that the country has been put on the path of socioeconomic development, and you will see a real change in all walks of life and economy in the next few years,” he said while addressing the annual Parents Day event held here at Cadet College Hassan Abdal.
The president said it was depressing to talk about all problems including the economic ills that the country had been facing in the past, adding, the focus now should be on the future of Pakistan and securing its due and respectable stature in the comity of nations.
He said the nation had high hopes from the present government which was striving hard to make a new Pakistan, adding, the youth would also have to strive and work hard to achieve this goal.
He, who was very excited to see extra ordinary performance of young cadets of the 66 years old educational institution in academic and extracurricular activities, said, “You owe to this country, which has given you much and now it is your turn to pay back (through your services).”
He urged the students to excel in all fields of life by following the principles of faith, unity and discipline which guaranteed our overall success as a nation.
The president observed that developed societies always focused on the education and grooming of their young generation.
In the past, imparting and seeking education was considered as a mission, he said and underlined that promotion of education was the collective responsibility of all strata of society.
Dr Arif Alvi said the government was making all out efforts for the promotion of education in the country.
He also stressed upon the parents and teachers to infuse qualities of patience, forbearance and tolerance in their scions.
The youth should come forward and utilize all their energies for leading the country on the path of progress and prosperity, he said, adding thus showing to the international community that Pakistanis were a hard working nation.
The president also reiterated to ensure rights of the women in accordance with the teachings of our Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him).
He said it was unfortunate that according to latest report, Pakistan stood fourth from the bottom in terms of gender equality. With hereditary rights, the womenfolk could be made the equal citizens, he added.
Principal of Cadet College Maj Gen (R) Tariq Najeeb in his opening remarks highlighted the excellent performance of college and its cadets in all disciplines of education and sports and said the college was competing with major institutions at home and abroad.
He said the college which was federal in nature was accommodating 100 students per annum from across the country on merit without any quotas.
He, however, added that the government should provide additional funds to the college so as to enable it to double its annual recruitment of cadets and provide opportunity to more students to get admission.
The president on this occasion also distributed certificates of excellence, medals and trophies amongst the cadets which excelled in various disciplines.
He, on this occasion, was also presented with a college crest.
Earlier, upon arrival at the college the president was presented a general salute by a smartly turnout contingent of cadets.
The president also reviewed the parade of cadets, who later presented a march-past before the dais.
Amidst great applause from the parents and other participants of the event, the cadets wearing colorful costumes also exhibited their excellent skills in PT Show, Gymnastics, Horse Riding and Tent Pegging.