Pakistan gaining a special place in the world on the basis of morality, values: President

Dr Alvi said that hybrid training should be introduced in the country and stressed the VU staff to recognize their potential and follow exponential approach. He expressed his satisfaction on the work of the university and appreciated the faculty.

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LAHORE: President Dr. Arif Alvi Thursday stressed the need for benefiting from the principles of international relations, given by Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad peace be upon him (PBUH) through his Uswa-e-Husna [good conduct] and Khulfa-e-Rashideen [Rightly Guided Caliphs].

He was addressing the 28th gold medal awarding ceremony of Karkunan-e-Tehreek-e-Pakistan, organized by Tehreek-e-Pakistan Workers Trust at Aiwan-e-Karkunan here. He said: “Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, and other scholars had analyzed the reasons for the decline of the Muslims in the Subcontinent.”

He said that these analyses ultimately helped identify the future strategy for Muslims of the region.

Dr. Arif Alvi emphasized developing the Muslim oral history archives, as it was highly important for the new generation to be aware of the struggle of Pakistan’s founding fathers. He said that efforts in this regard had been underway in the country for the last 10 to 15 years. He also appreciated the available oral history archives in the Museum at Minar-e-Pakistan.

He said that he was satisfied that the country had determined its goals for a better future. He said that Pakistan was gaining a special place in the world on the basis of morality and values.

He said, “The Kashmir issue is not attracting due attention of the world powers as India is a huge market and big trading partner of various countries. That is why the world powers are ignoring morality and principles on the issue.”

The president said, “The National Accountability Ordinance is simple as it only questions the sources of what you have.” He said that collective efforts were required for nation-building besides promoting morality.

Arif Alvi said that in the present age, misleading people had become easy through propaganda, adding that almost 70 percent of news spread through WhatsApp was believed to be fake. He said it was important to create awareness regarding the identification of fake news.

Adding to this, President Dr. Arif Alvi on Thursday stressed the importance of information technology (IT) and artificial intelligence (AI) to meet future challenges facing the country and the world. Addressing the faculty members and students of the Virtual University (VU) here on Thursday, the president said he wished to introduce a virtual education system across the country like the VU. He said the world needed about 80 million IT, AI and cyber security (CS) experts per annum whereas Pakistan was just producing 27,000 IT experts, adding that the world was not meeting the demand of experts as IT was being used in every field of life. The president said Pakistan had a great population of youth and the world was looking towards it. “If we train our youth in IT, AI, and CS then our youth can get jobs across the world,” he said and added that Islamic World alone was a big market for Pakistani trained youth. Dr. Alvi said the country had acknowledged the importance of IT only after the coronavirus, adding that: “We should give great importance to IT for development and progress of the country in future,” he added. Dr. Alvi said that hybrid training should be introduced in the country and stressed the VU staff to recognize their potential and follow an exponential approach. He expressed his satisfaction with the work of the university and appreciated the faculty. Earlier, the president visited different parts, including computer labs, and various departments of the university. He was also given a briefing about the procedure and working of the VU.

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