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Message of President Asif Ali Zardari President On the occasion of World Red Cross (Crescent) Day

Islamabad: The celebration on May 8 of the World Red Crescent (Cross) Day is a reminder of the great value of efforts, both at individual and communal levels, which can make our country and the world a better place to live.

I wish to commend the Red Crescent (Cross) Movement for its pioneering role in uniting efforts in different parts of the world aimed at serving the humanity in accordance with its fundamental principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.

On this occasion I also wish to express our appreciation of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society for helping people in distress in the country without any discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, religion, class, colour, creed, gender or political opinion. The role it played in flood relief and rehabilitation and in preventing outbreak of diseases in the wake of floods and earthquake has been most commendable.

On this day let us also spare a thought and pay tribute to Jean Henri Dunant, the great social activist, for pioneering the idea of establishing an organization dedicated to alleviating the sufferings of people regardless of considerations of national boundaries, race, or religion etc.

The theme “Youth on the Move” for this year is most appropriate as it brings into focus the role of the youth in meeting the challenges of alleviating the sufferings of humanity exacerbated by extremism on the one hand and the vagaries of climate change on the other. The thought of motivating the youth to rise and serve the humanity regardless of all biases and prejudices is a noble thought indeed.

On this auspicious occasion I reiterate assurance to the Pakistan Red Crescent Society the support of the government in all its humanitarian endeavours and towards making the PRCS a strong and a vibrant Society.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
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