Message of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Prime Minister of Pakistan on World Scouts Day February 22, 2012
Islamabad: The World Scouts Day is observed annually on this day across the globe to promote the values and the spirit of the Scouts Movement. The day draws our attention to the matchless services and contributions of the Scouts worldwide they render to promote the cause and wellbeing of humanity without any discrimination. On this day, the seminars and workshops are held to reiterate commitment to the objectives of the movement.
The role of Scouts has been quite significant in both war and peace. It has assumed greater significance in the present times as the world endeavours to battle a plethora of challenges. The core components of scouting include character building, a spirit of selflessness, discipline and the good of humanity.
I recall a quote of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s first Chief Scout wherein the great Quaid said, “Scouting can play a very vital role in forming the character of our youth, promoting their physical, mental and spiritual development and making them well disciplined, useful and good citizen.
We are living in a far from perfect world. Despite the progress of civilization, the law of the jungle, unfortunately, still prevails. Might is considered right and the strong do not refrain from exploiting the weak. Self advancement, greed and lust for power sway the conduct of the individuals, as that of nations.
“If we are to build a safer, cleaner and happier world, let us start with the individual, catch him young and inculcate in him the Scout motto of service before self and purity in thought, word and deed. If our young people learn to be friend of all, to help other people at all times and subordinate personal interests to the welfare of others, eschew violence of thought, word and action. I am sanguine that the attainment of universal brotherhood will be possible and within our reach.”
Our youth have proven in times of crises such as earthquake and unprecedented floods that they are mindful of their national obligations. This is where this year’s Motto “Scouting- Education for life” needs to be implemented in motivating our youth and mainstreaming their role for national development.
I would like to urge the parents of youth and children of Pakistan to enable their posterity to imbibe the values of Scouting. Media and the civil society also have a critical role to play in raising awareness among the youth in this regard. I assure the scouting movement as well as the Pakistan Scouting Association of my government’s strong support in their endeavours to serve the suffering humanity.
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