Altaf Hamid Rao,
MIRPUR (AJK): In view of emerging multiple issues following the increased population in the country including AJK and under the spirit to raise awareness among the ulema and scholars on population planning to ensure their due national responsibilities to combat the sitaution, Azad Jammu & Kashmir Population Welfare Department is all set to host a seminar for religious scholars & Academia on Family Planning in the perspective of Islam here on Tuesday – October 29, it was officially said.
“The grand ceremony of regional and national significance is being held under the auspices of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in coordination with Federal Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination, Govt of Pakistan”, Secretary Population Welfare Department of AJK government Raja Muhammad Razzaq said.
AJK minister for population welfare, information technology and technical and vocational training Dr. Mustafa Bashir Abbasi will be the chief guest on this occasion to be presided over by Prof. Dr. Habib ur Rehman, Vice Chancellor of the State-run Mirpur University of Science & Technology (MUST).
Unveiling the salient features of the scheduled grand seminar, Raja Razaq told our AJK Correspondent Altaf Hamid Rao here on Monday that this will be the third activity in AJK next to the two identical events recently held in the State’s capital town of Muzaffarabad as part of series to raise awareness among ulema and scholars for ensuring their due vibrant role over the population planning and welfare to avert the future challenges the country may faced with, he added.
Raja Muhammad Razzaq Secretary Population Welfare Department said that ‘alarming population growth in the country has emerged as a serious challenge for both policy makers and policy implementers.
Pakistan, he underlined, has reached at the highest growth rate of population in south Asian countries.
He continued that Pakistan’s Population with the per annum growth rate of 2.4% will double in next thirty years as against dual ratio prevailing in other South Asian Countries in a period of 60 years.
“We need to learn lesson from the brotherly Islamic countries including Bangladesh, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia etc. where Family Planning programs are devised through religious scholars in line with the teachings of Islam”, Raja Razaq said.
“Islam provides complete code of life”, the Secretary Population Welfare Department of AJK said and added that it was the fundamental right of the married couples to decide about number of kids and appropriate birth spacing for their-selves being the future welfare and prosperous family.
He said “keeping in view the above, we must focus for creating a balance between resources and the due family size under the spirit of the above parameters for a welfare and prosperous family”.
“We must educate people on injunctions in the Holy Quran that call upon mothers to suckle their babies for two years, at least,” he concluded while highlighting the significance of the above scheduled seminar of regional, national and international interests.