ISLAMABAD - President Pervez Musharraf said the government should ensure strong economy, defence and human resource with effective leadership skills to cope with the internal and external threats.   "A country depends on its economy, defence, human resource and management skills of its leadership and any weakness in this respect may weaken the country," he said while addressing the second convocation of the National Defence University here on Thursday. The President, being the Chancellor of NDU, underlined the need for government's role to achieve the progress and prosperity of the country. The President also conferred degrees of Masters of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies, and War Studies and Defence Management and BS (Honours) on the students of the university including foreigners. He maintained that stability and progressive economic growth were vital to ensure progress and development of a state. He said if the economy of a country was not stable or growing, it could not achieve its desired objectives of development and progress. "Every government must focus on development of communication, intra-country connectivity and inter-connectivity with the regional countries, projects for water, energy, telecommunication, industry and agriculture," he highlighted. He said due attention should be given to the welfare and well-being of the masses through poverty alleviation, employment generation and enhancing the quality of human resources through health, education and skill development. President Musharraf said it was ultimately the leadership of a country that has to manage its affairs. "Mismanagement and lack of potential of a leadership can lead to weakening of a country," the President said. He said democracy, human rights and freedom of media must ensure that the governments take their respective countries forward. President Musharraf recalled the days when he attended the National Defence College and said over the years the institution has carved a place for itself in national and international institutions. He said the presence of a large number of students from different countries was a testimony to this fact and said the venue provided an opportunity for interaction and understanding of different environments in which they live. The President hoped that the foreign students would also understand Pakistan's environment and the compulsions under which it exists. President NDU Lt Gen Mohammad Hamid Khan said the institution's mission was to prepare future leadership from public and private sectors of Pakistan and other friendly countries through multi-disciplinary educational and research programmes. He said the focus must be on security, defence and strategic studies. He said that the institution has run seven workshops on National Security Issues apart from its normal courses and a total of 405 participants have qualified. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majeed, foreign diplomats and senior civil and military officials attended the convocation.