Effective check on population growth vital for development: Arif Alvi


ISLAMABAD, SEPT 18 (DNA) – No country can progress if its population outgrows its resources, said President Dr. Arif Alvi, while talking to Country Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Ms. Lina Mahmoud Mousa, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Wednesday.The President underscored that the Government was committed to contain the population explosion, for which all segments of the society, would be engaged.He said that he had directed the Council of Islamic Ideology of Pakistan to fully utilize the Pulpit to create awareness among masses about vital social issues like women inheritance, malnutrition, and stunted growth.

He said lack of gap between pregnancies was one of the major causes of malnutrition and stunting.

He highlighted that the Government was focused on providing home-based software-driven jobs to skilled women, who could not go out of home because of child-raising.

He also said that Pakistan would learn from and implement the strategies of the countries, which had succeeded in controlling population growth.

Expressed his satisfaction that Pakistan and UNFPA had successfully implemented eight Country Programs, he hoped that the current Country Program (2018-2022) would contribute towards better family planning, increased women’s empowerment, better health outcomes and investments in young people.

He underlined that Pakistan had very fond association with the UNFPA and the first female to head UNFPA was a renowned Pakistani, Dr. Nafis Sadik. He also appreciated UNFPA’s support and technical assistance to Pakistan in conducting recent census.

Ms. Lisa appreciated the in-depth knowledge of the President on the issue and said that they would certainly benefit from President’s strategic vision. She agreed with him that while devising strategy to control population growth, local values and traditions must be taken into consideration, or else desired results could not be achieved.

The President conveyed his gratitude to Under Secretary General, UNFPA, Dr Natalia Kanem, for extending invitation to all Heads of State and Government to Nairobi Summit on ICPD 25 and hoped for its success.=DNA