Solution to all problems lies in democracy: President

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said solution to all the problems of the country lay in democracy and only through democratic dispensation, continuity of the political system could be attained, good governance achieved and economy stabilized.

He expressed his satisfaction that all sections of the society were united in the quest to achieve progress and prosperity and the country was moving in the right direction.

The President was addressing the 7th Convocation of the Quaid-e-Azam University here at Jinnah Convention Centre. Vice-Chancellor Quaid-e-Azam University Dr Javed Ashraf was also present on the occasion.

He urged the youth to acquire modern and scientific education, noting that those nations excelled in the world, which had quality human resource.

The President advised the youth to fully focus on their education and the girls in particular should not accept any hindrance in acquiring education and also not hesitate to go for studies abroad if they feel it necessary.

He advised the female students not to blindly ape the West and to proudly follow Islamic traditions to earn a good name for their country.

He stated that the government was committed to improve the standard of life of the people by stabilizing the national economy. It was working under a balanced strategy for the development and prosperity of all segments of the society and the country was moving in the right direction.

“For this reason, we need experts in economy, banking, science & technology and other important fields so that the process of progress and prosperity can be taken forward,” he remarked.

The President said Pakistan would emerge as an important trading hub of the region after operationalization of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He hoped that the Gwadar Port would become functional by the end of 2016, which would usher in a new era of economic development and progress.

The President underlined that in order to put the national economy on strong footing, there was a need to fully take advantage of the CPEC. He emphasized that there was no change in the CPEC’s route.

He hoped that after completion of the ongoing energy projects, the country would be able to overcome electricity load-shedding.

He noted that the country was moving in the right direction until 1970s but afterwards it got detracted due to bad governance and corruption. Now the government was working in the right direction and the country’s economy had revived, he added.

He noted with satisfaction that there was a significant improvement in the economic indicators as a result of prudent policies and improved law and order situation.

The President urged the well-off to pay their due taxes in order to increase government resources for spending on public welfare.

He stated that corruption had eroded the foundation of society and emphasized upon the need to get rid of this menace to ensure economic development and well-being of the people.

The President noted with satisfaction that the general law and order situation in the country had improved and reaffirmed the resolve of the government to continue Zarb-e-Azb operation till elimination of the last terrorist.

He noted with appreciation that the Quaid-e-Azam University was imparting quality education as a leading public sector university.

The President urged that in order to further enhance its performance, the University should establish educational linkages with leading international universities to take benefit from their experience.

He also called for focusing on character building of students, besides imparting education to them.

The President congratulated the graduating students and also distributed medals among position holders.