KARACHI: Speakers at the meeting of Shura Hamdard Karachi chapter proposed multifaceted recommendations for the social and economic uplift the country and urged all stakeholders to play their part in the development of the country, says a Press release.
The meeting titled, ‘Three pillars of nation-building: Education, Economic Stability, Defense’, was held Wednesday and was presided over by Justice (Retd) Haziq-ul-Khairi at Hamdard Corporate Head Office. Hamdard Foundation Pakistan President Sadia Rashid was also present at the meeting.
The guest speaker Shafiq-ul-Rehman Paracha, a renowned intellectual and a former bureaucrat said acquiring knowledge and wisdom is the cornerstone of Islamic teachings. “There is no other precedent in the world for the intellectual movement created by Islam. The rise of Islamic Civilization was due to the innovation and scientific discoveries of Muslim scientists. Then Muslim society began to decline. Only Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was present on such an occasion who once again highlighted the importance of knowledge among the Muslims of the subcontinent,” he said.
He further said that Pakistan was facing serious challenges at present which, if not addressed or resolved, would be detrimental to the country in the long run. “It is important to focus on education to create an effective workforce,” he said.
Prof. Ikhlaq Ahmed said that the purpose of education was not literacy but to awaken and nurture social consciousness. Early education is the foundation of a child at an early age. No country can develop without efficient education.
Commodore (Retd) Sadid Anwar Malik, while emphasizing economic development, said that in the current financial outlook, economic development was essential for the survival of the country. “In order to strengthen domestic production and increase exports, manufacturing at the local level should be encouraged to reduce import costs. At the same time, alternative energy technologies and resources need to be enhanced,” he said.
Anwar-ul-Haq Siddiqui said that education was ineffective without character-building and skills development. “There should be common goals align with national interests, on which the whole nation agrees. Unless common goals and objectives are clear, the overall development of the country is not possible,” he said.
Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan while emphasizing upon reforms in overall justice system