26 September 2023

PAKISTAN: Officers urged to lead crisis recovery

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister has called on the nation’s Public Servants to steer the country out of its current crisis.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif urged Government workers to serve the country to their “utmost capacities” while addressing a passing-out ceremony of Probationary Officers of the Pakistan Administrative Service.

He reminded the graduates that after assuming their basic responsibilities they would be confronted with issues like unemployment, poverty, disease, lack of education and delayed response to public problems.

“I personally know a number of good officers who have strived to serve the country by shedding their sweat and blood,” Mr Sharif (pictured) said.

In a veiled swipe at the previous Government, he said baseless allegations were levelled against certain senior officers which had caused embarrassment for their families.

“Due to such a situation, the bureaucrats thought twice before taking any step in the performance of their duties, which was a real stumbling block,” the Prime Minister said.

“I know from experience that if an amicable environment is provided to the Civil Servants, they will excel with their full potential — there is not a difficulty that can’t be surmounted.”

Mr Sharif said he had set the bureaucracy a two-month target for the restoration of education facilities in flood-affected areas of Balochistan.

“Let’s move to transform Pakistan and strive to make it stronger,” he said.

“The people will remember you for your yeoman’s service.”

Lahore, 17 January 2023

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