Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that he has his complete faith and confidence in the capabilities of the youth who have made their mark in all walks of life at both national and international levels. The youth of Pakistan, he said, symbolise hope and bright future for the nation. They are immensely talented and what they need is the provision of a conducive environment and facilitation to demonstrate their talent, he added.
The Prime Minister expressed these views while talking to Ms Saeeda Mir, a student from Gilgit-Baltistan who won first position in the international book-writing competition held in the US among 1900 competitors from around the world. He awarded a cash prize of five lakh rupees to Ms Saeeda Mir on her outstanding performance.
The Prime Minister said that Ms Saeeda Mir has made the people of Pakistan proud and brought a good name to the country through her splendid performance. “Ms Saeeda Mir’s example is a beacon of light for the rest of youths especially girls. I sincerely hope that they would take a leaf from her book and make us proud, he added.”
The Prime Minister said that the government is committed to empowerment of women and has introduced various reforms at political, administrative, legislative and economic levels to enable them to play their role in national development. Referring to Gilgit-Baltistan to which Ms Saeeda Mir belonged, the Prime Minister said that the government implemented Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Government Ordinance in accordance with the long-standing demands of the people of the region. He said that his government would continue to work for the uplift and development of all the underdeveloped regions.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Saeeda Mir said that she was touched by the gesture of the Prime Minister. She said that there is a need to encourage talent and give chances to the youth to demonstrate their abilities. She said that the development of backward areas and provision of educational opportunities should be the prime focus of the government’s policies.
It needs to be mentioned that the Prime Minister took notice of the news item published in a national English-daily detailing the achievements of Ms Saeeda Mir and invited her and her father to the Prime Minister’s House to acknowledge her achievements.
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