Follow your passion, learn from your failures: Pakistan PM Imran Khan tells students.


The prime minister recalled his cricket career and said one must learn from difficult times.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday stressed upon the country’s youth especially students to select a clear roadmap for their future with clear objectives to achieve their targets and always learn from  bitter experiences in life.

Addressing the 7th convocation of Namal University, the prime minister said that students should listen to their inner voice or personal inclination.

“Follow your heart, passion comes from the heart. What your passion is, that will propel you. In a competition of talent versus passion, passion will always win [.] and when you take a decision, burn your boats.”

The prime minister recalled his cricket career in this regard, saying difficult times should be taken as part of learning and soul searching which enable a person to explore factors behind failure.

“A demoralised person cannot excel in life. Never lose hope because of failures or hard times, seek how to manage them by switching goals from one to other,” he added.

The prime minister also talked about his vision for the university and thanked UAE Minister for Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan for attending the event.

In his address, Sheikh Nahyan lauded contribution of the university through vigorous commitment. He said he was attending the ceremony to express pride, solidarity, friendship, brotherhood and cooperation which existed between the two brotherly countries.

The UAE minister said the people and leadership of both the countries were celebrating their commitment to growth and cooperation in all spheres of life. The people of UAE felt pride in calling Pakistan as a brother and friend, he added.

The fraternal ties between the brotherly countries enjoyed strong support from their people and leadership, Sheikh Nahyan said.

He said the UAE ruler’s recent visit to Pakistan was the most fruitful visit whereas Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the UAE reflected the strong commitment and cooperation between the leadership to further build bridges of friendship and cooperation for the mutual benefits of the two countries.

The UAE minister also appreciated Prime Minister Khan’s devotion and commitment and said he inspired them all for his tiresome work and sincere leadership for the future of his nation and his contribution for growing the brotherly ties between the two countries.

Sheikh Nahyan expressed his confidence that the graduation courses in the university would lead to youth empowerment. Namal university had become an essential centre for the education, cultural and social landscape of Pakistan, he added.

He said the university’s visionary mission had been offering equal opportunities and education to all regardless of the social diversity and economic conditions.

He said through its various disciplines, the institute was articulating the great vision in the shape of knowledge-based society in the country and providing immense opportunities for the rural and deserving students enabling them to diversify their energies for the development and prosperity of the country.

Sheikh Nahyan referred to the latest global challenges and said today, the world faced unpredictability and the communities were living in the interesting times with enormous challenges cropped up ranging from fragile economies, quality of life and issues like climate change, waste, portable water, renewable energy and importance for sustaining the quality of life.

“A large number of adults and women lack basic education skills whereas children deprive of schooling. The religious and political beliefs are also adding to certain challenges,” he added.

He stressed upon peaceful co-existence among all communities and knowledge based society in which religious tolerance would be the main ingredient.

The UAE minister said the religion of Islam had been an everlasting source of social values, human dignity and parity and characterized by the needs of modern life. The Islamic principles always united the people, he added.

He also called upon the global community to promote a harmony among all communities and religious tolerance.