President for revisiting national priorities

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President Dr Arif Alvi has said that national priorities needed to be reviewed to get rid of the socio-economic and political problems faced by the country.

He urged the leaders of all institutions to focus on addressing the major challenges, including overcoming poverty, improving the economy, checking population growth, providing health and education facilities, and eliminating inequalities in society, especially in the rural areas of the country.

These views were expressed by him while talking to the participants of the Senior Officers’ Leadership Course (SOLC-10), who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Arif Alvi underlined the need for inculcating the spirit of forgiveness and love for humanity to promote tolerance and harmony in society.

He said that he was deeply hurt by the incidents on 9th May and urged the need for upholding the rule of law and holding only peaceful protests in the country. The President deplored the fact that delayed decision-making had arrested the country’s progress, adding that Pakistan needed to make faster decisions to keep pace with the exponential developments taking place in the world.

He said that rapid advancements in the fields of Information Technology (IT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud and Quantum Computing, and Cyber Security necessitated that Pakistan should invest in the education and skill development of its youth. While highlighting the importance of Cyber Security, he stated that Pakistan should focus on strengthening its cyber capabilities to protect the country and its people from the threats of cyber warfare.

Terming education and health as the central pillars to address poverty and ensure socio-economic development, the President underscored the need for checking population growth and providing quality education and health services to the people. He regretted that almost 27 million children in Pakistan were out-of-schools and stressed the need to impart education to such children by adopting innovative solutions, especially online education, in addition to brick-and-mortar infrastructure development in the education sector.