PR No. 111 Islamabad, April 12, 2017

President Mamnoon Hussain has announced to grant special scholarships to LLB & LLM students of Balochistan stating that every year scholarships will be given to 20 students from the province under the auspices of Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The President announced this while talking to a delegation of Young Lawyers from Balochistan who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Wednesday. Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, members of law firm Ahmer Bilal Soofi & Co., Research Society of International Law (RSIL) and senior officials were also present on the occasion.

The President said that foreign scholarships will also be awarded to Balochi students who will demonstrate excellent academic performance. President Mamnoon Hussain said that NUML will soon establish a campus in Gwadar to teach Chinese language to the youth of Balochistan noting that Aiwan-e-Sadr has also donated a significant amount in this regard.

The President said that Balochistan will benefit greatly after the operationalization of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar port as it will create employment opportunities for the local population and generate robust business activities. The President stated that the Government is committed to bring Balochistan at par with other provinces of the country. He expressed optimism that Balochistan’s future is bright and called upon all to play their role in the development of the province.

The President said that corruption has stunted the development of the country including Balochistan and called upon all to play their role in eradicating this menace. He added that the problems of the country will be resolved if every individual performs his responsibilities efficiently. He also called for promoting moral values in the society.

The President stated that lawyer community is integral part of judicial system and in this respect they have an important responsibility to provide legal services to the common people in attainment of justice. Recalling the tragic terrorist attack in Quetta last year in which several senior lawyers and bright legal minds embraced martyrdom, the President urged the young lawyers to work hard as they have an  enormous gap to fill in. The President appreciated the role of lawyers and legal community in establishing law and order in Balochistan.

President Mamnoon Hussain appreciated Ahmer Bilal Soofi & Co. and RSIL on conducting fellowship programmes for young legal professionals from Balochistan to mentor them in a more dynamic environment to develop their legal skills. The President urged the young legal minds to fully benefit from these programmes to further hone their abilities.

The President expressed his best wishes for the success of young lawyers in their future endeavours.

Thirty young lawyers from all over Balochistan are attending the Second Fellowship Program, among them are ten women and twenty men. The group comprised of lawyers hailing from Quetta, Gwadar, Turbat, Khuzdar, Panjgur, Dera Bugti, Qila Saifullah, Sherani and Bolan. During this 10-day long Fellowship, the attendees shall have a comprehensive training on a range of legal issues and visits to core government organizations and institutions.