Lahore (Web Desk): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday urged the civil servants to serve the country and nation with their utmost capacities and expressed the hope that they were capable of steering the country out of the current challenges.
Addressing the passing out ceremony of probationary officers of the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS), the prime minister reminded them that after assuming their basic responsibilities in the practical life, they would be confronted with issues like unemployment, poverty, disease, lack of education and delayed response to public problems.
Terming them as ‘Future of Pakistan’, the prime minister expressed the optimism that they would perform with dedication and honesty as the nation had attached expectations to them.
He urged them to make Pakistan as per vision of Quaid-e Azam and Allama Iqbal.
Elaborating his viewpoint over the economic challenges faced by the country, the premier regretted that during the past 75 years, different governments whether headed by the political leadership or military dictators could not address the economic issues.
In the past, time was wasted with the creation of chaos and protests, he added.
PM Shehbaz said that sustainable development goals (SDGs) could be achieved if their bus could have moved at fast pace and on the right track and they could not have sought foreign loans.
"Pakistan's economy is facing a difficult time however we will overcome it soon," the premier vowed.
PM Shehbaz said that during his recent visit to the United Arab Emirates, the UAE president had very graciously and affectionally announced to grant a further $1 billion loan to Pakistan.
He apprised him that Pakistan was passing through economic issues and meeting the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) conditionalities.
The prime minister said that it really embarrassed him to ask for further loans and also lauded the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the financial support.
He opined that it was a not a right solution to their economic challenges as the loans would be returned back.
The prime minister also congratulated the officers of PAS on the completion of their courses and said that they were the brightening stars of the nation, holding keys of country’s future in their hands.
He also commended them for serving the flood-affected people and visiting different areas of the country.