ISLAMABAD:Minister for Safron Shehryar Khan Afridi Wednesday asked youth to stand united, become social media ambassadors of Pakistan, engage the world and reflect true image of the country.
The minister expressed these views while addressing thousands of students here at the Social Media Conclave 2019 held here at Aiwan-e-Quaid under the aegis of Volunteers Pakistan, said a press release.
The minister gave a motivational speech to the young bloggers and social media activists who had gathered from across country to explore new ideas and trends to promote Pakistan on social media.
Afridi said that unity among all segments of the country was paramount so as Quaid’s vision of unity, faith and discipline could be materialized.
He said if you want to survive, stay attached to your roots and never compromise on your ethical values and social fabric. Don’t let the world to divide you, see what happened to Syrians, Iraqis, and even with Afghans,” the minister asked.
Afridi said that youth was country’s most precious asset and they should realise their potential and make an impact on social media.
The Minister said that the state institutions should not be blamed for individual miscalculations and mistakes.
He said that individual failures are used to mock and blame Pakistan for which our forefathers gave their lives.
“It is an irony that Islam was the first religion of the world who ensured labour rights but we borrow western ideas to observe Labour Day.
Naleson Mandela made a difference despite after reading a book of Muslims. Later, his determination made the world to acknowledge rights of his nation and colonial powers had to bow before African nation,” he said.
Shehryar Afridi lauded Cynthia for raising her voice for humanity and the moral courage for telling the truth about Pakistan’s true culture and its role for regional peace and development.
In her speech, eminent American blogger and tourist Cynthia D Ritchie said she had extensively travelled across Pakistan and had developed an attachment to Pakistan and its loving people.
“The way all Pakistanis are not terrorists, all Americans are not agents. Americans are a peaceful and loving nation. I came to Pakistan and was taken aback to see such a diversified and loving thriving nation,” she added.
She said that why I am promoting Pakistan’s true image and also promote people to people contacts.
“Social media is a platform to link people from various backgroubds and synergise different nations and we must use this social media platform to unite people rather than dividing them. I travelled Pakistan extensively from Fata to Kashmir, Balochistan and Sindh. I have been to South and North Wazisristan and there were groups who trolled me on social media for telling truth about Pakistan. But I need to tell them I am going to stay,” she added.