President suggests effective contacts to hold SAARC moot

  • Mamnoon says Pakistan to continue playing its role for peace, stability in South Asia

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday said that effective contacts were made for holding of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, likely to be held in Islamabad later this year.

Out of eight SAARC member states, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives already expressed full and open support for the much-awaited summit, to be held in Pakistan. Nepal is the current chair of the SAARC and is keen to pass on that responsibility to Pakistan.

Addressing participants of 108th National Management Course, President Mamnoon said that Pakistan had been the ‘heart of Asia’ where various significant developments took place. About Pakistan’s role in the region, he said that Pakistan along with the cooperation of its friendly countries would continue playing its role for peace and stability of South Asia.

He noted with satisfaction Pakistan’s achievements in the realm of foreign affairs and referred to its improved ties with the Russian Federation. National School of Public Policy Rector Azmat Ali Ranjha and other authorities were also present. The president said that observance of constitutional limits by all the institutions would not create issues.

He said that it was important that all the institutions should express their differences on the relevant fora which would ultimately resolve the issues and bridge the gap between public and administration. He observed that whenever nations faced complex circumstances; they were stirred and become sensitive by tackling all the challenges with an extraordinary response.

He expressed his satisfaction over efforts of the government and relevant institutions which resulted in the defeat of extremism and terrorism and stressed the need for continuity of the successes so that those issues could not resurface in future. In the political arena, certain changes took place at a rapid speed which sometimes created problems and if left unattended they could add to restlessness in public, he noted.

Under such circumstances, an efficient and effective administration could bring improvement with better strategies, he said and underscored the need for prompt resolution of public issues so that public confidence in the state could be enhanced and the government officials could play an important role in this connection.

President Mamnoon said that an efficient officer with a baggage of seniority and experience should guide his juniors which could change the modus operandi in the offices and would evolve a new culture of work. He said that the national resources were the trust of the nation which required protection.

“One of their wastage is in the shape of corruption which was unacceptable in any form,” he said and also stressed upon the participants of the course to perform their duties by implementing the policies and try to fill the space left between different institutions. He responded to various questions of the participants. Rector Azmat Ranjha presented him with a souvenir.