PM calls for tak­ing more steps for wel­fare of South Asian peo­ple

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

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

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