President Dr Arif Alvi has said that the Two Nation Theory has been proven right by history and time, and the younger generation needs to be educated about the ideology of Pakistan through the latest technological tools.
He was addressing the 28th gold medal awarding ceremony of Karkunan-e-Tehreek-e-Pakistan, which was organized by Tehreek-e-Pakistan Workers Trust at Aiwan-e-Karkunan on Thursday in Lahore.
Addressing the participants, President Alvi stressed the need for benefiting from the principles of international relations, given by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through his Uswa-e-Husna [good conduct] and Khulfa-e-Rashideen [Rightly Guided Caliphs].
“Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and other scholars had analyzed the reasons for decline of the Muslims in the Subcontinent,” he said while adding that those analyses ultimately helped identify the future strategy for Muslims of the region.
Dr Alvi emphasized developing the Pakistan Movement’s oral history archives, saying it was highly important for the new generation to be aware of the struggle of Pakistan’s founding fathers. He said that efforts in this regard had been underway in the country for the last 10 to 15 years. He also appreciated the available oral history archives in the Museum at Minar-e-Pakistan.
Alvi said that he was satisfied that the country had determined its goals for a better future. He stated that Pakistan could gain a special place in the world on the basis of morality and values. “The Kashmir issue is not attracting due attention of the world powers as India is a huge market and big trading partner of various countries. That is why the world powers are ignoring morality and principles on the issue,” the president argued.
He praised the sacrifices rendered by Kashmiri people for their right of self-determination and said that February 5 will be marked to show full solidarity with them. “The National Accountability Ordinance is simple as it only questions the sources of wealth and income,” the president said and added that collective efforts are required for nation building besides promoting morality.
Alvi said that in the present age, misleading people has become easy through propaganda, and noted that almost 70 percent of news spread through WhatsApp is believed to be fake. He said it was important to create awareness regarding identification of fake news. Earlier, the president distributed gold medals among the Karkunan-e-Tehreek-e-Pakistan. PTI’s Senator Waleed Iqbal also spoke on the occasion.
Separately, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar held a meeting with President Alvi in Lahore at Governor’s House. Both discussed various issues including governmental affairs and resolving the problems of overseas Pakistanis. President Alvi appreciated the Punjab Aab-e-Pak water projects, steps taken for the solution of overseas Pakistanis’ issues and reforms in the universities.
Sarwar briefed the president about the reforms in universities, steps taken to solve issues of overseas Pakistani, more than 1,200 ongoing projects of Punjab Aab-e-Pak Authority and the new local government system in Punjab. During the meeting, the president said that strengthening of institutions, transparency and merit is the top priority of the government. “We will all work together to make Pakistan strong, prosperous and peaceful,” he stated.
Also, addressing the faculty members and students of the Virtual University (VU) on Thursday, President Alvi stressed the importance of information technology (IT) and artificial intelligence (AI) to meet the future challenges facing the country and the world. He said the world needed about 80 million IT, AI and cybersecurity experts per annum, whereas Pakistan was just producing 27,000 IT experts.