President asks civil servants to ensure corruption-free Pakistan

Islamabad—President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday said corruption was eroding the foundation of the country and urged the civil servants to ensure corruption-free govern-ance. He was talking to a group of civil servants, recently promoted to Grade-22, who called on him here at Aiwan-e-Sadr. The President asked the civil servants to expeditiously redress the problems of the people and efficiently perform their re-sponsibilities by staying within the ambit of constitution and the law.
The President stressed that the officers must take all decisions in the best interest of the State and the nation as guided by the founder of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. “Your top positions in the civil service require you to uphold the highest standards of justice and transparency,” the President said. The President said that the officers should perform their professional duties with maximum commitment and dedication.
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday said the government was committed to further expanding and deepening mutually beneficial relationship between Pakistan and Italy especially in the economic and commercial spheres. Pakistan has recently announced a new auto-mobile policy to diversify its automobile industry in which Italian car maker Fiat and motorcycle maker Piaggo may consider ven-turing into Pakistan’s lucrative market, he added.
The President said this during a meeting with Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Paolo Gentiloni, who called on him here at Aiwan-e-Sadr. The President noted that Italy was Pakistan’s third largest trading part-ner in Europe and among the top ten globally and urged for encouraging Italian entrepreneurs to do business with Pakistan.
He emphasized that there was immense potential for expanding bilateral trade and appreciated the support and cooperation extended by Italian side in organizing “Pakistan Trade and Investment Forum” in April 2016. The President ex-pressed Pakistan’s strong resolve to eliminate terrorism. The country, he added, had been the big-gest victim of this scourge and had sacrificed 60,000 lives and suffered eco-nomic losses of over $ 100 billion.
He emphasized that the Operation Zarb-e-Azb would continue till elimination of the last terrorist. Terrorism was now a global problem, he added and urged for joint efforts in eliminating the menace. The President said Pakistan was making sincere efforts to facilitate dia-logue between the Taliban and the Afghan Government for peace in Afghanistan, hoping that the ef-forts of the Quadrilateral Group would soon bear positive results.—APP

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