PR No. 236 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan regards Afghanistan as its sincere friend and is keen to work with it for peace, progress and prosperity in the country adding that Afghanistan should reject elements trying to create misgivings and misunderstandings. He stated that peace in the region is linked with peace in Afghanistan.

            The President said this while interacting with cadets of Cadet College Hasanabdal who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Wednesday.

The President stated that Pakistan is desirous of having friendly relations with India but India should also extend cooperation in this regard. Referring to the ongoing atrocities in Indian occupied being perpetrated by Indian security forces, the President said that the sacrifices rendered by the new generation have given fresh impetus to freedom struggle. The President underlined that Kashmir issue should be resolved in accordance with the resolutions of United Nations. The President said that Pakistan is keen to include all its neighbouring countries in the path to progress and development.

President Mamnoon Hussain emphasized that complete elimination of terrorism is must to ensure sustained national progress adding that the new wave of terrorism will be crushed. The President said that the future of tribal areas should be decided as per aspirations of the tribal people and hoped that the matter will be resolved soon.

The President stated that national progress can be ensured by making the corrupt elements accountable. He stressed upon the need to ensure strict implementation of anti-corruption laws to eradicate the menace of corruption. The President noted with appreciation that not a single incident of corruption has occurred during the last three years. The President said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project is a monument of this century which will change the fate of the region.

The President said that Pakistan’s progress and stability is linked with continuation of democratic dispensation noting that deviation from the democratic system always damaged the country. He stated that problems of the country can be resolved by running the national affairs in the light of constitution.

The President said that focus should also be paid on moral training of the youth along-with education to attain national progress. The President urged that the new generation should promote national culture and identity.

The President noted that the quality of good leadership is to serve the nation with dedication and honesty. He said that the country’s leadership should be a role model for the new generation. The President expressed optimism that not only international cricket will be revived in Pakistan but also international events of other sports will be staged in the country.

The President said that Cadet College Hasanabdal is playing an important role in imparting quality education and training to the determined youth for the defense and service of motherland.  The President hoped that the college would continue to impart quality education in line with modern requirements.