Concrete steps taken to address economic challenges: President

President Dr Arif Alvi says nation's progress and rise to excellence can be achieved through hard work, judicious utilization of available resources and sincere leadership.

Addressing the participants of 111th National Management Course and Sri Lankan Civil officers in Islamabad on Monday, he said progress can be achieved only when the civil servants discharge their duties to the best of abilities and with honesty.

The President said that an efficient and impartial civil service is the centerpiece of a vibrant system of governance. He said the role of senior civil servants as leaders and custodians of state interests carries a special importance.

The President advised the officers to keep the betterment of the people in their minds and they should always work toward improving the public service delivery.

Addressing the Sri Lankan civil officers, the President hoped that the training course would enhance their capabilities and help them in discharging their official responsibilities in an efficient manner.

Replying to a question on prevailing situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir the President said that fascist Indian leadership is persecuting minorities and hinduizing India. He added that minorities in India have been living in constant fear.

In reply to another question regarding the economic challenges the President said that the Government multiple economic challenges, but it had taken concrete measures to redress these issues. Resultantly, trade deficit has narrowed down, number of income tax filers have been increased significantly which would auger well for the documentation of country's economy.

Source: Radio Pakistan