Islamabad - President Mamnoon Hussain has said that completion of Pak-China development projects would change the fate of the country. He called upon the nation to reject elements creating hurdles in the way of these development projects.

The President was addressing on the occasion of 150th anniversary of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society here Wednesday. The President said that Pakistan is emerging out of a phase of isolation which is evident from the increase in international activities and visits of world leaders to the country.

He said that the menace of corruption is one of the biggest reasons for Pakistan’s current problems. He called for launching a nationwide reformation campaign to overcome the challenges confronting the country today.  Declaring youth the vanguards of this campaign, the President called upon them to wage a struggle against corruption. The President also urged the nation to go for social boycott of the corrupt elements. The President noted that today China has become the second biggest economy of the world only by dint of hard work, honesty and dedication.  He emphasized on creating awareness in the society for eradication of corruption. The President noted with appreciation that whenever there were instances of natural calamities and man-made disasters in the country; Red Crescent Society and allied organizations joined hands with the government in helping out and alleviating the sufferings of the affected people. The President also appreciated the humanitarian activities carried out by Pakistan Red Crescent Society over the last one year under the dynamic guidance of its Chairman Dr. Saeed Elahi.

APP adds: A ceremony was held here on Wednesday at Pakistan Red Crescent Society national headquarters in connection with World Red Cross/ Red Crescent Day, being observed all over the world under the theme ‘Our Principles in Action’. Addressing the ceremony, Minister of State for National Health Services, Saira Afzal Tarar said that Pakistan being the disaster-prone country needs trained community volunteers to cope with the natural and man-made disasters.

She said that selflessness is the main spirit of volunteerism and it must be flourished under the teaching of Islam and every volunteer should follow the teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).

The minister said that over the last several decades, the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies have provided assistance to millions of vulnerable people of the world.  

She added the volunteers of PRCS have also contributed immensely during times of disasters with an aim of helping those in need, being the first to reach the scene of disaster and the last to leave.

She said that service to humanity is preached in every religion, adding, it is indeed recognized as one of the noblest contribution by any individual. She added the volunteers of the PRCS have always accepted all challenges and stand amongst the comity of the nations with honour.

She complimented the entire staff, volunteers and management of PRCS for their services to humanity and assured government’s continued support to the society in its mission.

PRCS Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi said that the PRCS being the part of Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is celebrating the World Red Cross Red Crescent Day to acknowledge the services of volunteers to serve the humanity.

He said that PRCS has acceptability by everyone and everywhere in Pakistan.

Not only in FATA, Awaran or no-go areas in the urban centres, the staff volunteers of the PRCS have been welcomed by the locals.

These volunteers come with different skills, are extremely motivated and are invariably the first to reach a scene of a disaster and the last to leave.  

“Our volunteers have participated in every disaster response operations undertaken by the PRCS without fear and with total commitment and dedication.

They have never cared for themselves and have always served selflessly.”

Others speakers who spoke on the occasion included PRCS Secretary General Ghulam Muhammad Awan, ICRC Head of delegation Reto Stocker and IFRC Head of Delegation Ghorkhmaz Huseynov.

Ambassadors of different countries, PRCS, managing board, representatives of movement partners, partner national societies, staff members of PRCS and a large number of volunteers attended the ceremony.