PR No. 84 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain Wednesday said the country was making remarkable progress in all areas, with improved economy and urged the youth to get prepared for the challenges ahead.

Addressing the 15th Convocation of the BahriaUniversity here at the Convention Centre, the President said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be a game changer and usher in an era of progress and prosperity in the country.

The President pointed that in the past corruption had eroded country’s progress and created economic and social problems. However he was optimist that the country now had embarked on a positive trajectory and things were moving in the right direction.

The President said earlier politics had dominance over economy, and it was though that a country with stronger politics was more powerful. However, over the past 35 to 40 years, this trend has changed and now it was the considered opinion that a country with stronger economy was stronger politically. In this regard, he mentioned the Chinese economy, which in the past 35 years had brought about an economic revolution.

President Mamnoon Hussain said the CPEC Corridor was of vital importance and with its operationalisation hundreds and thousands of new job opportunities would spring up, and Pakistan would become the centre of global trade. He said a number of power projects too were under completion and with their start of production load shedding would end by year 2018.

The President said participation in the Convocation was a matter of pride for him and congratulated the students who had graduated. He said the new students would be starting a new life that would bring in new challenges and opportunities. He expressed the hope that with their good education they would be in a better position to move ahead in life. He was also appreciative of the research and development of the Bahria University and said it was preparing the new generation for future challenges. He was also appreciative of the holding of the workshops, seminars, conferences and foreign visits by the University.

President Mamnoon Hussain also asked for capacity building of the teachers and said highly qualified staff could play a key role in imparting quality education. The President said the people of Pakistan were very hard working, but there was a need of proper guidance and training to help them excel in their lives. He said youth of the country were the hope for Pakistan and it was their responsibility to take the country forward and rid the country of corruption.

The President asked the youth to cut off all social contact with the corrupt as they were the cause of all ills. The President said in this regard, everyone needed to discourage the corrupt while working with honesty, dedication and commitment to take the country forward.

The President said Pakistan had reached a stage from where it could only move ahead in a positive direction. The President also stressed on the importance of education of the women and said they played a key role in nation building. He said women formed an important part of half of the national work force and needed to be properly educated and trained.

The President later handed over degrees amongst the new graduates and presented awards and medals for outstanding performance.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah presented a shield to mark the event. Earlier Rector Vice Admiral (Retd.) Tanveer Faiz presented the annual record and highlighted various achievements of the BahriaUniversity.