ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday, terming scouts as ‘first physical and knowledgeable tier’ of a society, said the volunteer youth force could significantly transform a nation by developing its civic sense at grassroots level.
According to the sources of APP, In his address after taking oath as Chief Scout of Pakistan at Aiwan-e-Sadr, President Alvi said scouts had the potential to play constructive role in areas including sensitizing people on literacy, hygiene, fighting corruption and controlling fake news with an objective of betterment of community.
President Dr Alvi was administered oath and awarded a distinctive scout scarf by Chief Commissioner Pakistan Boy Scouts Association Sarfaraz Qamar Daha at a ceremony, attended by young and senior scouts, representing two million of their fellow members from across the country.
The president, who became the country’s 16th Chief Scout, said it was a pride moment for him to lead a dynamic organization with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as its first chief scout.
He quoted excerpt from the Quaid’s investiture speech in 1947 as saying that scouting developed youth’s character by helping them learn to subordinate personal interests for other’s welfare and eschew violence of word and action while attaining their goal of universal brotherhood.
The President said peace was important to address the common issues of poverty, literacy and health.
Earlier, President Arif Alvi said, parliamentarians should play their role in protecting children’s rights.
Addressing an important event regarding World Human Rights Day,which was observed on December 10, President Dr. Arif Alvi said, Indian forces in occupied Kashmir are dealing with children through pallet guns and physical, sexual and economic exploitation of children is extremely painful.