Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday has said a society can progress only if rule of law is upheld in the country.

Addressing a one-day symposium on 'Alarming Growth in Population' in Islamabad here in Islamabad, he said the basis of the success of the state of Madinah was rule of law. He said democracy and law complement each other.

Imran Khan said visionary leaders think ahead of times and unfortunately the leadership in the last three decades in Pakistan lack vision or plan anything for the development of the country. Short-term planning does not bear fruit, and only long-term planning is a recipe to success, he added.

The PM said in new Pakistan rule of law is being implemented. He referred to the case of CDA that despite being under to him asked questions about his property in Banigala. He said six new legislation will be presented in the National Assembly soon to bring legal reforms.

Imran Khan said many investors have expressed their desire and intent to invest in Pakistan due to enhanced confidence on policies of the new government and improved governance structure.

Imran Khan said, being an eco-lover, he takes the issue of the environment very seriously.  He said the population growth rate is also linked with the increased burden on the environment. He said the forests have been brutally cut down, leading to rising temperature in many parts of the country.

He said a strong political will is required to tackle the issue of mushrooming growth in population. He said education and technology will be used to control the population. He said all stakeholders, including Ulema, have to play role in this effort and mosques should spearhead this message.

A comprehensive campaign will be launched on population control in media to inform the people of the problems associated with rising population and also its impact on the environment. He said everyone will be taken on board on this important national issue, he further added.

Earlier, in his address Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said the rapid rate of population is putting immense stress on our limited resources.

CJP said essential resources like water are already facing pressure due to increased use by expanding the population. He lamented that no attention was paid to build dams for the last 40 years.

Mian Saqib Nisar said we have to promote the better use of water in the country to meet the requirements of the burgeoning population. He said the population of Pakistan could reach 450 million in thirty years if the current rate of growth is not checked.

He said media can play an important role in spreading awareness about the merits of less population for national development. He assured the government of judiciary's complete cooperation in implementing a Madinah like state in Pakistan.

Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme Dr Sanya Nishtar said serious steps need to be taken to check the rampant growth in population. She gave three-point recommendations on this issue.

Renowned religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel said Imran Khan is the first prime minister who presented the concept of the state of Madinah. He said poverty and social pressures are important causes of population growth. Maulana Tariq Jameel said the issue of population control needs to be seriously taken.

Earlier, Secretary Ministry of National Health Services Zahid Saeed informed the participants that a nationwide campaign to highlight the issue of population control will be started in cooperation with all provinces soon.

The secretary said a number of meetings were held on the issue and the provinces have also given their recommendations on controlling the population. He said PM called a meeting of Council of Common Interest on this issue in which all recommendations were approved with consensus.

He said Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world and the main reasons for this alarming increase are lack of awareness and no clear policy on this issue.

Prominent experts and distinguished scholars also highlighted new demographic realities of Pakistan, family planning in the context of mother and child health, quality of population and productivity and advocacy campaign for population planning in the country.

A documentary on population dynamics was presented at the event, while renowned vocalist Shahzad Roy sang the theme song.