Speakers attending a webinar at the University of Gujrat (UoG) have underlined the need to ensure the rule of law and supremacy of the parliament, urging the academics at the universities to play their all-important role of training and guiding the youth towards achieving co-existence in diversity and an economically-strong Pakistan.
Titled ‘Istehkam-e-Pakistan aur Hamari Zimadariyan’, the webinar was organized by the department of Political Science & International Relations at Hafiz Hayat Campus as part of activities marking the 75th Independence Day of Pakistan.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Shabbar Atiq said that the pace of progress and development of a country is linked with its economic stability.
He emphasised the need for universities to play their vital role in preparing a workforce of youth fully capable of making a worthwhile contribution to the country’s progress and development.
Prof. Dr Shuja Ahmed Mahesar, Director Pakistan Study Centre, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, said that all citizens in Quaid’s Pakistan enjoyed equal rights regardless of their beliefs and other diversities. “No one is above the rule of law in my Quaid’s Pakistan,” Prof. Dr Mahesar said.
He said that the remedy for most of the ills prevalent in our society is the enforcement of the rule of law. Dr Mahesar added that the country’s intelligentsia and policymakers must engage the youth, the largest in the world in terms of total population ratio, for promoting and establishing the writ of law as well as getting rid of various social evils.
Prof. Dr Mahboob Hussain, Chairman of History, University of the Punjab, Lahore, threw ample light on the fundamental role of parliament in the democratic system of governance.
“It was decades after the creation of Pakistan that people were given the first opportunity to select their leaders,” Prof. Dr Mahboob Hussain said.
Prof. Dr Musavir Hussain Bukhari, chairman department of Political Science, Islamia University Bahawalpur, discussed in detail the role and responsibilities of citizens and the elements of a state.
Prof Bukhari said that it became clear soon after the independence that rule of law and people’s representation were the key foundation stones for the state.