QUETTA: President Dr Arif Alvi has said the federal government has given the highest importance to providing funds and removing the sense of deprivation from Balochistan.
He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting on rehabilitation of special persons at Governor House. First Lady Begum Samina Arif Alvi, Governor Balochistan Syed Zahoor Agha, Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana and WHO Representative Maryam Malik were also present in the meeting.
Dr Arif Alvi added that it was important to train people with disabilities so that they can take become useful citizens and take part in the development of the country. He said the governent is committed to providing additional funds for the development of Balochistan.
The president said that people with disabilities had an important part of the society, adding they needed to be made skilled so that they could earn respectable employment and play their role in the development of the country. The meeting also considered issues related to capacity building of the Social Welfare Department.
Earlier during his visit to Quetta, President Dr Arif Alvi said that nations could not be developed without education and promotion of quality education through modern technology was essential for development of the country.
The president addressed a ceremony organized by Dar-ul Falah Islamia. Paying homage to the educational service of this institution established in 1926, the president said that the role of Muslim dignitaries including Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was a shining chapter in the setting up and promotion of educational institutions in the Indian subcontinent.
He said that the government, philanthropists and welfare agencies would have to play their role for continuing the service of the educational institution. ‘The welfare agencies in the private sector are ready to cooperate with the government for the improvement of education in the provinces and the concept of the one-line budget has been successful in supporting these institutions,” he said.
The president said better educational results could be achieved by giving responsibilities to the private sector, adding Pakistan could not make progress without education. “We will have to prepare ourselves according to the requirements of the times,” he said.
He added that children who could not get a traditional education would have to be made useful members of society by imparting skilled education and also by enrolling special children in schools for provision of equal opportunities in education to restore their self-confidence.
The president also advised the students to continue their education with hard work and determination and pay special attention to physics and math as professional subjects. “We have to consider the quality of education being imparted to our children and how it can be improved,” he noted.
President Arif Alvi also appreciated the educational services of the Dar-ul Falah. He assured all possible cooperation and said welfare institutions such as Dar-ul Falah would be supported and patronized.