ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said the future of Pakistan was associated with democracy; therefore, it was imperative to promote democratic culture in the society.
Talking to a delegation to Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) led by its Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, the president highlighted that new opportunities were emerging in shape of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and students should prepare themselves to take full advantage from these openings.
The president pointed out that several energy projects under CPEC had been completed while development work was being carried out on a fast pace on the other projects.
President Mamnoon said some people were spreading uncertainty regarding the route of CPEC which was totally incorrect. He dismissed the impression that there had been no change in the route of the corridor. He said recognizing the importance of this project, several Countries had expressed their desire to join this project which was evidence of the fact that this project would be a blessing for Pakistan.
Moreover, he said the future belonged to the youth and urged upon them to prepare themselves for managing the affairs of the Country. He said national development was only possible if education and research was pursued with sincerity.
The president emphasized that students should read more and more to understand the modern world and new social, political and economic trends. He advised the students to make this knowledge, attained from those activities, a part of their practical life.
Mamnoon Hussain underlined that attention should also be focused on character building in addition to the education so that moral values could be promoted in the society. He stressed that the girl students should acquire all types of education and join any profession of their liking but they should always uphold the values in traditions.
President Mamnoon Hussain expressed his pleasure that Sindh Madressatul Islam University was fully participating in academic activities as a university. He appreciated the National Leadership Programme of SMIU to enhance the skills of the students and directed to make it more effective.
The president hoped that students would visit educational institutions and government departments under this programme and would also learn a lot from those activities. He expressed confidence that the SMIU would further improve its standards so that students could be provided a better opportunity to comprehend the requirements of contemporary world and practical life.
The Vice Chancellor of SMIU apprised the president about the performance of the university.