ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has urged that the political process should be above individual and parochial interest for the sake of higher objectives of national progress and prosperity.

He was addressing the joint session of the Parliament here on Thursday to mark beginning of the new parliamentary year. The President pointed out that difference of opinion on the process of development and rights on the national resources is not unusual.

However, it is also imperative to block the avenues of chaos emerging from difference of opinion through a well thought out strategy. He said this will help thwart all efforts to make the process of national development controversial.

President Mamnoon Hussain referred to the steps being taken to bring Balochistan and FATA in the national mainstream and said these are part of effort to include the marginalized classes in the development process. He hoped that all segments of the society will participate in the task of national reconstruction with the same spirit.

He said trade and investment friendly policies and CPEC and power projects are manifestation and components of the plan to exploit precious resources for welfare of the people. The President proposed the Government, the opposition and all the political parties should declare Vision-2025 as a national plan through consensus so that process of welfare of public is not hampered at any cost.

"We intend to further strengthen our relations with the rising economies of the world," he added. He said that the country's recent achievements in terms of foreign relations are a positive sign.

He said there is also need to check the rising rate of population growth to ensure the optimal use of resources. The President said as a result of prudent economic policies of the Government, economic indicators are healthy and this is also acknowledged by the State Bank and international economic institutions.

He said forward looking nations invest heavily in human resources and infrastructure for sustainable development. He appreciated programmes aimed at bettering the lot of the young but called for more programme to ensure effective training and creation of maximum employment opportunities.

Referring to the problems being faced in exports, the President asked the Ministry of Commerce for a permanent and effective solution of the issue with the help of experts.
The President said Pakistan's defence production sector has performed noticeably better and it can capture the attention of the prospective buyers in the market.

There is need to use modern tools of marketing to reap maximum benefits from this capability.

He said there is also need to undertake serious efforts for poverty alleviation and improving the administration of health facilities. More hospitals and health units should be established to cater for the needs of the growing population.

Members belonging to Opposition parties raised anti-government slogans during the address of the President. Later, they staged a walkout from the House to record their concerns on the government policies.

Earlier, at arrival of the President in the House, National Anthem was played. Later, the proceedings of the House started with recitation of verses from the Holy Quran and Naat Sharif.