ISLAMABAD: June 23, 2017: President Mamnoon Hussain has
said that participation of the society is of pivotal importance in the
process of alleviation of poverty apart from the right policies at the
state level.
The President was addressing an Iftar Dinner hosted for the NonGovernmental
Organization “Akhuwat” which works for the
alleviation of poverty at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday. On the
occasion, interest free loans were also given to the women to start
their own businesses. Executive Director of “Akhuwat” Dr. Amjad
Saqib also addressed the ceremony.
The President said that participation of all segments of the society
in efforts to eliminate poverty promotes brotherhood and also raises
the moral standards of the society, which renders salutary impacts
on all disciplines of life. Pakistani society is very lucky in this
respect that its people have willingly taken part in the welfare work
but still there is much work left to do.
The President expressed his pleasure that the families which
received assistance from “Akhuwat” utilized this financial
assistance very honestly to stand on their own feet and also tried to
support others. He also hoped that the families which are starting a
new journey after getting assistance from this organization will
forward this process of cooperation, compassion and empathy by
following these bright examples.
The President stated that the objective of the establishment of
Pakistan was to hold the hands of the weak, bring them at par with
the well-endowed segments of the society and stop the highhandedness
of the cruel so that the society can be saved from chaos
and anarchy. Pakistan is moving step by step towards achieving
these goals. Micro financing from “Akhuwat” is also part of the
same process and millions of people from all around the country
have benefitted from it.
The President appreciated the fact that Dr. Amjad Saqib and his
colleagues have set a new trend of accepting their own
responsibility by setting aside the stereotype that all has to be done
by the government. He further said that this experiment of
“Akhuwat” is also part of the establishment and promotion of an
egalitarian economic system. It is the strength of this movement
that now Federal and Provincial governments are using its platform
for their services towards reduction of poverty.
The President also praised the services of Dr. Amjad Saqib and
“Akhuwat” adding that their efforts will result in poverty alleviation
and will also strengthen the progressive forces in the society. On
the occasion, three women who established themselves after
receiving assistance from “Akhuwat” also shared their experiences
with the audience.