PM lauds contribution of POF to country’s defence requirements

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ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk visited the Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) Wednesday and appreciated the valuable contributions of the POF in catering to the defence requirements of the country.

The Prime Minister said the POF held a pivotal position in view of the multifarious defence and security challenges that the country was confronted with. He also commended the commitment and continued efforts of the workforce of POF whose labour and expertise had earned the organization a reputed place in the region and beyond.

“POF’s culture of innovation and excellence has left me deeply impressed and profoundly satisfied”, the Prime Minister said in his comments recorded in the visitors’ book.

Earlier upon his arrival at POF Wah, the largest defence industrial complex of the country, the Prime Minister was received by POF Chairman Lt Gen Sadiq Ali HI (M).

He was briefed in detail about the range of arms and ammunition products of international standards, being produced at the ordnance factory. He was also apprised about the contribution of POF in meeting defence and non-defence requirements of the armed forces during peace and war time.

The Prime Minister was informed that in addition to meeting the domestic requirements on cost-to-cost basis, the POF was also serving the country through import substitution and earning foreign exchange by exporting its surplus to 40 countries and thus furthering defence diplomacy.

He was also briefed about the commercial operations and corporate social responsibility services of the organization in the field of education, health and environment protection.

Later, the Prime Minister also visited Product Display Lounge, POF Brass Mills and the Weapon Factory and observed various processes at the production line.

KNOWLEDGE WITH FOCUS ON ETHICAL VALUES:

Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk Wednesday urged upon the students to seek knowledge with utmost dedication and also focus equally on learning ethical values.

During a visit to his alma mater Presentation Convent High School, Wah, he said education could play a significant role in bringing positive reformation in the society.

The prime minister recalled his early years at the school where he studied from 1957 to 1963 as a boarding student starting at the age of six.

He remembered with fondness Sister James who despite known for her strictness gave him double promotion in a class after judging his capabilities.

He said as he belonged to the far-flung area of Swat, he used to visit his hometown only twice a year, adding that the only mode of communication with family was through letters once a month.

“However, when you leave this school, you cherish it as the best time of your life,” he told the students in audience and paid tributes to the teachers, respectfully called as Sisters, who remained caring towards the students even while maintaining discipline.

He also expressed confidence that the present teachers would maintain the same high standards of the institution, which was known for its hallmark discipline and quality education.

Sister Emer, the Provincial Head of Presentation Convent Schools said the institution was contributing in achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals with particular focus on ensuring education and gender equality.

She said all Presentation Convent schools had the main ambition of preparing its students to achieve best for themselves and for the country.

Principal Parveen Barkat said it was an honour for the school to welcome its former student who had now become the Prime Minister of the country.

Senior Coordinator Shazia Javed gave a brief history of the Presentation Convent and said 14 schools under its umbrella were running across the country.

She said the first Presentation Convent was founded in 1775 by Nano Nagel, an Irish woman, following whom the Sisters came to Sub-continent in 1842 to set up first school in Rawalpindi in 1895.

Later, the prime minister planted a sapling of maple in the courtyard of the school and also penned his comments in the visitor’s book.

Principal Presentation Convent School Rawalpindi Sister Rehana Mehnga, Senior Sister Shameem and Sister Nargis along with the students attended the event.

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