Addressing a gathering of Pakistan Girls Guide Association here at the Presidency, the First Lady said by adopting the principles of discipline and honesty in their lives, women can effectively contribute for the betterment of society and the country.
Begum Mehmooda Hussain She said the nations that follow the principles of hard work gain success and become leading examples for others.
She said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted the women of Pakistan to be disciplined for the reformation of society in best manner.
She said the significance of Girl Guides Association could be realized by the fact that it was founded on the directive of the Quaid with Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah as her first patron-in-chief.
“The goal is to make Pakistani women empowered and confident so that they could nurture the new generations on proper lines and also cultivate noble traditions in the society,” she said.
She expressed satisfaction that Pakistan Girl Guides Association was active in all parts of the country and added that the guides could promote awareness in women about literacy, hygiene and healthcare and help them learn vocational training to earn their livelihood.
Begum Mehmooda pointed that an attitude of apathy had prevailed in the society and regretted that the people did not bother about caring for public property.
She mentioned that minor gestures such as switching off unnecessary lights to save electricity, turning off the running faucets to save water and keeping the streets clean could also contribute in caring for public resources.
Begum Mehmooda said the development of country was directly related to elimination of terrorism and prayed for the restoration of complete peace in the country.
National Commissioner Pakistan Girl Guides Association, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq said the Association was performing its duties in all four provinces besides Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.
She said the girl guides were focusing on raising awareness about the issues of education, healthcare, social welfare, narcotics control and polio eradication.
Earlier, the girl guides presented guard of honour to the First Lady.
A group of special girl guides with disabilities presented a national song while others read out the excerpts of the Quaid’s speeches highlighting the importance of education and political awareness to become useful members of society.