Our quest for friendship not be construed as weakness: PM tells India

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APP43-23 LAHORE: September 23 - Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing cabinet members of Punjab. APP

 

LAHORE, Sep 23 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday said that Pakistan’s quest for better relations with India should not be construed as weakness because the objective behind this pursuit was to bring the people of the subcontinent out of poverty by starting trade activity.
“They have some misunderstanding. When we want friendship, it means we desire to end poverty in the subcontinent. Trade will also revive. Someone should not misunderstand it. This should not be construed as weakness,” the prime minister remarked addressing the government servants during his visit here.
He said the people of this country never succumbed to any pressure from any super power. If they hurl any threat, the whole nation stands united to face till the end, he resolved.
He said Pakistan’s desire for friendship was not merely in the interest of Pakistan but both the countries.
The prime minister viewed that arrogant attitude of the Indian leadership would come to end to improve the situation.
He said improvement of the governance in the country and situation in the region could help take off Pakistan’s economy owing to Pakistan’s ideal strategic location with big markets like China, Iran, India and Central Asia in the surrounding.
He told the audience that he had not visited Saudi Arabia to beg any money rather for investment. However, he said the investors always complained of red-tapism in Pakistan which also discouraged the overseas Pakistanis to invest their money in the country.
He told the government servants that the New Pakistan meant new mindset where the common man would be given protection against the influential ones who had been suffering in the past due to the politicised police.
The prime minister assured that the civil servants would observe a clear change with no political intervention in their working; however, he sought their support to establish good governance in the country besides reviving the lost reputation of the bureaucracy in Pakistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police had been reformed by depoliticising it which later had also won the public trust.
He said the PTI had earned double the votes of previous election because the provincial government had reformed the institutions by establishing the meritocracy.
He said it was the police that had rendered huge sacrifices for elimination of terrorism and the revival of peace.
The prime minister assured the audience that the government would give the government servants record space to let them work independently and without any political pressure. He also advised them to value and not to waste the opportunity.
He said the professionalism disappeared when the police got politicized and recalled an instance when a police officer in Hafizabad had been found electioneering for the PML-N.
The prime minister said the government needed the civil servants’ support to change the mindset and provide relief to the masses.
He however, also warned of strict action against the officers who would violate the officials discipline and recalled that two district officers and a police officer had gone to public instead of complaining to their top hierarchy against the politicians.
He said the political opponents of the PTI had spent around Rs 151 billion on advertisements of their performance during last five years which could not work and contrarily the PTI got double the votes.
Premier Imran Khan said despite an end to the colonial rule, the colonial mindset could not be changed in the country as was evident from the luxurious lifestyle of the rulers.
He said the PM House of a debt-trapped country owned a fleet of 80 luxurious vehicles and 524 servants contrary to the 10 Downing Street of UK where the rulers lived a simple life.
He advised the district administration to improve the working of police stations in their jurisdictions to provide relief to the poor and also suggested to hold open courts to address public complaints.
The prime minister said complaint cells would be established at PM Office as well as the Chief Minister Office to respond to the complaints of the common man.
He admitted that the government servants were drawing the salaries far below the standard but added that the country was going through the tough circumstances and the pay structure would be improved with the betterment of the situation.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police had been reformed by depoliticising it which later had also won the public trust.
He said the PTI had earned double the votes of previous election because the provincial government had reformed the institutions by establishing the meritocracy.
He said it was the police that had rendered huge sacrifices for elimination of terrorism and revival of peace.
The prime minister assured the audience that the government would give the government servants record space to let them work independently and without any political pressure. He also advised them to value and not to waste the opportunity.
He said the professionalism disappeared when the police got politicized and recalled an instance when a police officer in Hafizabad had been found electioneering for the PML-N.
The prime minister said the government needed the civil servants’ support to change the mindset and provide relief to the masses.
He however, also warned of strict action against the officers who would violate the officials discipline and recalled that two district officers and a police officers had gone to public instead of complaining to their top hierarchy against the politicians.
He said the political opponents of the PTI had spent around Rs 151 billion on advertisements during last five years whcih coudl not work and contrarily the PTI got double the votes.
Premier Imran Khan said despite an end to the colonial rule, the colonial mindset could not be changed in the country as was evident from the luxurious lifestyle of the rulers.
He said the PM House of a debt-trapped country owned a fleet of 80 luxurious vehicles and 524 servant contrary to the 10 Downing Street of UK where the rulers lived a simple life.
He advised the district administration to improve the working of police stations in their jurisdictions to provide relief to the poor and also suggested to hold open courts to address public complaints.
The prime minister said complaint cells would be established at PM House as well as the Chief Minister House to respond to the complaints of the common man.
He admitted that the government servants were drawing the salaries far below the standard but added that the country was going through the tough circumstances and the pay structure would be improved with the betterment of the situation.