President urges Ulema to educate people about implication of population growth


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ISLAMABAD, (Jun 23 APP): President Dr Arif Alvi calls Ulema for educating the people about the implications of burgeoning population in their Friday sermons.

The president expressed these views while chairing the 4th meeting of Federal Task Force on Alarming Population Growth in Pakistan here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday.

Donors’ conference on population

President also suggested holding a donors’ conference on population to help the government in stemming the rising tide of population.

He called for special efforts to arrange national and international finances for promoting family planning and checking the growing population of the country.

Dr Alvi highlighted that rapidly growing population had direct negative impacts on climate change and environment, and was putting tremendous pressure on the natural and economic resources of the country.

It was informed that the provincial governments were seriously focusing on population control measures by allocating more resources, enhancing the availability of contraceptives, creating awareness through media, and training and increasing the number of human resource to cope with the challenge of growing population.

Ulema urged to promote healthy family norms

It was agreed that the provincial governments would proactively engage Ulema, Khateeb and religious leaders to promote healthy family norms in the country.

Ulema and media can play role

Addressing the meeting, President Alvi said the Ulema and media could also play an instrumental role in educating the people about the implications of burgeoning population in their Friday sermons and talk shows.

He advised the provincial governments to adopt an integrated approach and share their expertise, research and experiences with each other to stem the tide of rising population.

Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri informed that rapidly growing population was the greatest challenge facing the country and it could only be overcome with the active support of Ulema, media and civil society.

He assured that the Ulema would extend their support to sensitize the people about the alarming population growth.

CII Chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz emphasised the need for focusing on girls’ education and community participation to raise awareness about the family planning.