KARACHI - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that future of a nation is predicted from the way it raises and grooms its children and the environment they are provided.

In his message on Universal Children’s Day being observed under the United Nations across the globe today, Bilawal urged both the federal and the provincial governments to make a pledge on this day to provide everything possible to children to grow them to their full potential in a healthy, peaceful and prosperous environment.

“A lack of education, health and civic facilities is a great hurdle to achieve our dreams. We have to overcome these hurdles and put in more efforts and funds for improvements because without these facilities our children won’t be able to defend or take pride in their past generations,” Bilawal stated.

The PPP chairman said that more than 22 percent of polio cases in the world were being reported in Pakistan before his mother and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto launched a comprehensive nationwide anti-polio campaign pursuing her dream of a polio-free Pakistan. “Today, we are close to fulfilment of this dream and let us take more initiatives for the welfare, wellbeing and protection of our children,” he said.

Bilawal said the culture of ghost schools had to be ended and the education system had to be streamlined. “With 25 million children out of schools, we cannot achieve progress, peace and prosperity without nationwide inclusive efforts on a war footing,” he stated.

The PPP chairman asked the Sindh government to speed up its initiatives for reforms in the education sector and appreciated some of the steps taken so far for improvement of the education system. “Every child has the potential to become Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto if given proper education, environment and attachment to human principles,” Bilawal concluded.