LAHORE - Provincial Minister for Population Welfare Begum Zakia Shahnawaz has said that controlling increasing population is essential for lessening the burden on national resources and providing best facilities to the people.

Addressing a seminar on “Youth are future asset” held in connection with world population day on Friday, the provincial minister said that youth play an important role in the development of

the country.

Zakia Shahnawaz said the world population day highlights various aspects regarding problems relating to population. She said that this year’s topic provides guidance and awareness about start of married life. She said the counseling of wife and husband is essential for controlling population. She said the government, civil society, international and local NGOs and people associated with medical profession should increase their efforts over the issue.

The minister said despite limited resources, government is endeavouring for providing best facilities of life. She said the media and civil society can play an important role for overcoming the problems of population.

Wasif Nagi, Dr Muhammad Hafeez, Allama Shahzad Mujaadi, Secretary Youth Affair, Country Director Ann Kelly besides officers of district population welfare, EDOs attended and addressed the