President urges intellectuals to play role in countering terrorism

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that writers and poets should build a counter narrative to eliminate extremism and terrorism from the country. 

He was talking to members of Organizing Committee of Alami Mushaira-2017 who called on him in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The President stated that intolerance in society and the menace of corruption can be overcome by promoting the teachings of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal among people to ensure progress and prosperity of the country.

He said the poets and writers can play an important role in this regard.

The President said that poets should promote love for country among the new generation through their work.

He said by following the footsteps of Allama Iqbal writers and poets should also highlight national objectives and the problems being faced by society.

He said that holding of literary functions are part of our cultural values as they are an important source of training the nations.

The President further stated that holding of final match of Pakistan Super League in Pakistan is a welcome development saying it will promote positive image of the country in the world.

The President expressed optimism that international cricket will soon return to the country.

On the occasion, the members of Organizing Committee of Alami Mushaira-2017 also apprised the President about their issues. The President directed the department concerned to resolve their issues.—Radio Pakistan