SIALKOT-The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has stressed the active role of the civil society, media, religious and political parties for alleviating poverty and providing civil amenities for the people.

Calling for meeting the big challenges of poverty and lack of civic facilities for the people of Pakistan, it said Pakistan was suffering these two big challenges.

Talking to a delegation of Pakistan Council for Social Welfare and Human Rights (CSWHR), UNFPA Country Director Pakistan Dr Hassan said that all the segments of the society especially the politicians, media and religious leaders come forward to play their active role in controlling the growing population of Pakistan and adopting a joint positive and effective strategy to halt the faster growth of population.

He added that the people of Pakistan were suffering poverty, unemployment, deprivation of the basic facilities, including the health, food and education facilities due to the growing population. He said that the growing population was eating up the natural resources of Pakistan rapidly.

“The politicians and religious leaders of Pakistan should develop a consensus against the fast population growth in Pakistan to ensure the elimination of poverty and provision of all the basic rights and amenities to the people”, he added.

Led by Chairman PCSWHR Ejaz Ahmed Noori, UNFPA Pakistan National Program Specialist Dr Jamil Ahmad Chaudhry and other officials attended the meeting.

On the occasion, PCSWHR Chairman Ejaz Ahmed Noori stressed need for early launch of a nation-wide awareness campaign at a grassroots level to halt the growing population of Pakistan with the active media support, in this regard.

Sikhs propose vote of thanks to Pakistan

A number of Australia-based Sikh Yatrees visited the Baabey Di Beri Gurudwara here on Friday amid tight security.

Gurudwara caretaker Sardar Jaskaran Singh welcomed them upon their arrival. The Sikh pilgrims, led by Sardara Amrinder Singh, performed religious rites and distributed sweets. On the occasion, the Sikh pilgrims highly hailed Pakistan government’s efforts for looking after their sacred places and protecting the rights for the minorities in Pakistan.