Islamabad, November 10, 2017 (PPI-OT): “Scientific discovery has been the fundamental driver of human progress, development and prosperity; and we can rightfully take pride in the fact that scientific inquisitiveness is amongst the most significant legacies of the Islamic world. Muslim scholars kept the passion for scientific knowledge and inquiry alive even during the darkest ages of Europe. The recent remarkable achievement by young Muhammad Shaheer Niazi of Lahore, who published a paper in the Royal Society Open Science journal at the tender age of seventeen is a rejuvenating reminder of the immense potential of our people. The theme for this year’s World Science Day, Science for Global Understanding, is indeed very apt. Pakistan has much to offer to the world, and also has much to gain from other nations, in the area of science and technology.
Pakistani solutions, particularly in the areas of healthcare, engineering and computer software, have come to be globally respected. Each year, new challenges are tackled through a scientific approach in public policy applications. In the last few years, for instance, Pakistani scientists and officials have teamed up to better manage the impact of diseases like polio and dengue fever. The recent phenomenon of smog in parts of the Punjab is yet another environmental challenge that our scientists are working on, and I am certain that we shall overcome this problem very soon.
It is quite impossible to overemphasise the importance of the sciences in the modern world. Science continues to be, more than ever, the primary currency of economic, political and social growth and expansion. Indeed, nations that neglect this much too obvious reality would soon be reduced to abject dependency.
These considerations have reinforced the resolve of the Government of Pakistan to propel our society and economy into the future on the momentum of excellence in education, especially in the sciences. This would, of course, need synergetic collaboration across the whole society – where the government, private sector, academia and scholars all join hands for the advancement of our nation. I have great faith in our people and I am confident that by focusing on the education of our children and youth, and by strengthening the tradition of research and scholarship in the sciences, Pakistan will very soon attain its rightful place amongst the most developed nations of the world.”
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