PM calls for taking more steps for welfare of South Asian people
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said it is the need of the hour to continue endeavors to build upon SAARC charter to promote welfare of people of South Asia in economic, social, cultural, technical and scientific fields.
In a message on the occasion of 25th anniversary of the signing of the SAARC charter, he said: "it is the great pleasure for me to extend our very felicitations, on behalf of the people of Pakistan and my own behalf to the peoples and governments of the SAARC member states on the Silver Jubilee year of SAARC, which falls on December 8, 2010."
He said Pakistan joins other SAARC member states in celebrating this important landmark in the history of the organization.
He said: "the occasion reminds us to renew our commitment to the SAARC Charter and its objectives. SAARC Charter signed 25 years ago, has played an important role in bringing SAARC member states closer to each other." He said SAARC has emerged as a mature organization and it deals with multi-dimensional issues such as poverty alleviation, education, trade and commerce, energy cooperation and human resource development.
Pakistan believes that SAARC should actively promote regional cooperation in all important fields, he added.
Gilani said one of the underlying objectives of SAARC is to help in contributing to mutual trust and understanding. He said Pakistan is committed to the principles of SAARC Charter.
"We shall continue to play our role in furthering the objectives of SAARC for the benefit of the peoples of South Asia," he added.
Moreover, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani
hassaid the commissioning of the High Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) would enable the leaders of the two countries to take important decisions to boost ties in all areas. Prime Minister Gilani said the two governments have made a commitment to ensure practical implementation of the 17 Memorandums of Understanding signed during his three-day visit.
Talking to APP after, Prime Minister Gilani said the Pak-Turk ties were unique in nature and and they were cooperating in all areas; including trade, economy and defence. Gilani said in his interaction with the Turkish businessmen he offered them to invest in agriculture, housing, energy and infrastructure development and hoped that the private sectors of the two countries would engage deeply with each other. Prime Minister Gilani said the High Level Cooperation Council would serve as a cabinet for the heads of government of the two countries and enable closer cooperation between the two countries. -App
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah addressing a press conference at Chief Minister House. -App