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Poverty, unemployment and hunger breeding terrorism in Pakistan: Firdous.

LAHORE, September 03, 2009 (Balochistan Times): Federal Minister for Population Welfare Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that poverty, unemployment and huger are breeding terrorism in Pakistan and to get rid of this menace, the government would have to focus on these issues that have a direct relation with fast increasing population. The Federal Minister was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday. LCCI President Mian Muzaffar Ali, Senior Vice President Tahir Javaid Malik, Vice President SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Iftikhar Ali Malik, former LCCI President Mian Misbahur Rehman and Chairman SME Committee Rehmatullah Javaid also spoke on the occasion. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that population explosion is the biggest challenge of the day as was creating resources gap and the Ministry of Population Welfare in consultation with Ulema was evolving a roadmap to cut the fast going up graph of the population. She admitted that the role of Parliamentarians was not up to the mark and there was a dire need of their capacity building so that they could be able to play their role for strengthening of institutions that is a prerequisite to progress and prosperity. The Federal Minister said that we would have to look at our weaknesses individually and collectively if we wanted to be a developed nation. Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Mian Muzaffar Ali said that rising population is the single greatest obstacle to the economic and social advancement of the people. He said that the recent United Nations prediction that the population of Pakistan would double by 2050 was a matter of grave concern for all of us as this would put incredible strain on economy and ultimately on the government. The LCCI President said that the ongoing economic crisis in the country could be resolved through collective efforts by health experts, community leaders, politicians and religious leaders. The challenging task of achieving Womens Empowerment in the country means supporting women so that they can enjoy their rights from socio-economic development. Despite some successes, progress towards the goal of womens empowerment still trails behind. The sad truth remains that seventy per cent of the 130 million children who are out of school are girls. Out of worlds one billion poorest people, three-fifths are women and girls. Women account for two-thirds of the 960 million adults in the world who cannot read, which greatly impedes their ability to participate in the nation building process. Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world while it is fourth in Asia . Pakistan with 170 million people has been witnessing an annual population growth of 2.3 percent, which is higher from other regional countries like India , Bangladesh , Sri Lanka and Nepal . The population of Nepal grows by 2 percent annually, followed by 1.4 percent of India , 1.0 percent Bangladesh and 0.4 percent Sri Lanka . India is heading in terms of total population with 1,123 million, followed by Pakistan 162 million, Bangladesh 159 million, Nepal 28 million and Sri Lanka with only 20 million.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 3, 2009
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