The President said that he had been trying to bring the political and relevant stakeholders to one table to discuss for ECO & Financial Stability

 Manzar Naqvi

KARACHI: President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi met over 20 Editors of the newspapers Wednesday here at Governor’s House Karachi. On this occasion, he discussed the worst ongoing political and economic conditions of the county.

The President said that he had been trying to bring the political and relevant stakeholders to one table to discuss, deliberate and negotiate for achieving consensus on the major issues to normalize the political situation which was pivotal for the Eco and financial stability of the country.

He acknowledged that the PDM Government when took power in April 2022 the government’s economic and political situation was worst as compared to 2018 when PTI formed its government.

Arif Alvi said that an important appointment falling in the ongoing current month should pass exactly as envisaged under the relevant provision of the Constitution and relevant laws. However, in his opinion, the subject appointment may be made in consultation with the relevant stakeholders.

He said that the use and adaptation of agreed upon use of technology in the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections may be deliberated upon by the relevant forums to avoid perpetual allegations of rigging after every election.
He hoped that with the continuity of the democratic process things would eventually fall into place. He said that he is a humble man and is of the view that only history will determine his performance as a President. He said that the ultimate aims and objectives of leaders and visionaries were the development of the country and the progress of the people.
The President further said that social media had enhanced and amplified people’s reach and provided a means to communicate with millions of people without incurring substantial costs.

Dr Alvi said irresponsible digital media and fake news are the major setbacks for the nation. He said that social media platforms such as Twitter, WhatsApp, TikTok and Facebook have created their own separate niche and space.

He said that we should endeavour to understand its full dynamics, influence, efficacy and effect and embrace its positive aspects and learn to avoid and limit its negative fallouts like fake news, disinformation and hearsay. He said that we should further strengthen our resilience while reacting to everything that is injected in the media and only those things that may be taken into proper consideration which was authentic, verifiable, and evidence-based to avoid confrontation and remain focused on the political and Eco well-being of the country.

The President said that as compared to our neighbours, our nation successfully emerged out of the COVID-19 pandemic and was able to save lives and livelihoods of the people through education and communication.

He said that the country also faced a shortage of essential commodities and high inflation due to the Russia-Ukraine war and recently faced catastrophic floods. “We need to resolve our issues and waste no time to put the country on the speedy path of progress and prosperity,” he added.

In reply to another question, the President said that he had proposed a high-level advisory body to provide leadership in Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing so that a definite direction was provided to the relevant institutions and departments for moving forward which, he said, took a backstage due to political developments.

He said that in his opinion such developmental projects and initiatives should continue to remain in limelight. He said that the right decisions made at the right time, quality decision-making, intellect and knowledge, trained and capable human resources and persistent efforts in the right directions, just and fair application of laws in all situations and on all persons in its true spirit, intent and purpose would help in accelerated development and prosperity of the country.

Replying to another question, he said that we should take immediate and concrete steps to realize the full potential of Gwadar port and other related projects, speed up our work processes and systems to attract and retain foreign investors in large numbers and fully exploit opportunities available to Pakistan in the trade and business sectors for making fast track progress and development.

In reply to yet another question, the President said that within the confines of the Constitution, he wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, the executive head of the government, in response to the letter received by him from senior journalist Arshad Sharif (Late) for necessary action as per law.