On the World Red Cross/Crescent Day on May 8, it is a reminder fo the great value of efforts, both at individual and communal levels, which can make the country and the world a better place to live. The Red Cross/Crescent 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.

I appreciate the Pakistan Red Crescent Society for helping people in distress in the country without any discrimination. The role it played in flood relief and rehabilitation and in preventing outbreak of diseases in the wake of floods and earthquake and been most commendable.

I would like to pay tribute to Henry 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 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.

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