KARACHI - President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday said various power generation projects were being executed in the country and there will be no or a little loadshedding by the year 2018.

Addressing the passing-out parade of 52nd batch of Pakistan Marine Academy here, he said the power generation projects initiated by the present government would take some time in completion.

The nation should support the government because all national projects are aimed for betterment of the country, he added. The Karachi operation will continue till establishment of absolute peace in the metropolis, he said. He expressed pleasure on attending the passing-out parade ceremony, saying he is the first President of the country, who has attended the ceremony in the academy. He also congratulated the passing-out cadets, their teachers and parents on successfully completing two-year training at the academy as well as wished them success in their future. He hoped the passing-out cadets will give their best to fulfill the aspirations of the country in their professional fields.

Mamnoon observed trade and strategic scene of the world has been changed and Pakistan has gained more importance in the new scenario. He said the country would further get importance on completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and fully operationalisation of Gwadar Port that would help open new avenues for the economy, he added. He said as the economic activities would increase in the country, the demand of skilled and professional manpower will also rise. Institutions like Naval Academy should prepare themselves to face the challenge to produce required manpower for the country in accordance with the demand, he advised. “Every individual has a right to have bright future for which hard work and efforts in the right direction are pre-requisite.”

The President observed that the betterment of an individual was linked with the development of the country, therefore, all should play their due role for progress and prosperity of the country. He called upon the nation to keep an active watch on corrupt elements and strive together for elimination of corruption.

Commandant Pakistan Marine Academy (PMA), Commodore Akber Naqi, Ports and Shipping Minister Kamran Michael and families of the out-going cadets of Pakistan Marine Academy were also present on the occasion. Meanwhile, provincial secretary for law, Aslam Shaikh said protection of women rights was high in the agenda of the Sindh government.

Addressing a session organised by Aurat Foundation, he said Sindh Law Department had passed a number of pro women laws and is presently in process of developing 11 new laws that will be soon placed before the assembly for required approval. The provincial secretary for law said the government was fully conscious of its responsibilities towards implementation of the public friendly laws and for the purpose was making all out efforts to modify mindset of the people in general.

Aslam Shaikh appreciated Aurat Foundation as the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) for conducting a survey related to violence against women (VAW).

NCSW member Uzma Noorani said standardised indicators on VAW were developed under “Countering Gender-based Violence through Research, Data Strengthening and Standardisation.”

“It is essentially meant to be used by government statistical agencies as well as research related organizations, these indicators are crucial in the long run as they will aid in generating reliable data on VAW in Pakistan,” she said. Uzma Noorani said indicators developed by NCSW can be compared across time and regions, within and outside Pakistan.

A detailed briefing was also provided on the key categories of indicators on VAW which include physical, sexual, economic, psychological violence, violence in the political arena and culturally harmful practices. Resident Director of Aurat Foundation said the VAW indicators were also a part of Gender Equity Programme of Aurat Foundation, funded by USAID.

Over 35 women’s rights activists, academics and researchers, legal and technical experts, government officials from key ministries attended the event. Yasmin Zaidi, technical consultant and also a part of the 18 member Technical Working Group, set-up by the National Commission shared the finalised Pakistan specific indicators. SPDC representative on the occasion briefed the delegates about a study “Cost of Violence” being conducted in partnership with other institutions. “We are looking at the economic and social costs of violence and this is a national study that will help in policy making and efforts to reduce VAW,” she said.