ISLAMABAD: (APS) Prime Minister Imran Khan has held an assurance to civil servants that they will be protected from political interference and merit will be ensured in appointments.
He was addressing civil servants in Islamabad on Friday.
The Prime Minister pointed out that political interference over the years degenerated our bureaucracy which was in the era of 60s considered as a pride of the country. He assured that past prestige of the civil service will be restored.
The Prime Minister urged civil servants to fully support the ambitious reforms agenda of the government as it is aimed at securing the future of our young generations.
Imran Khan said reforms will also be introduced in the civil service and adviser Ishrat Hussain has been entrusted the responsibility towards that end.
The Prime Minister said he has nothing to do with the political affiliation of the bureaucrats but want best performance on their part.
He said bureaucracy is the executive arm and sans their support we cannot succeed in implementing our policies.
Alluding to the depoliticizing and reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, the Prime Minister said it is now a model police and the same system will be replicated in other provinces.
The Prime Minister said accountability is cornerstone policy of present government as it is vital to take forward the country. Regarding the complaints of bureaucracy, he said that he has raised the matter with the Chairman NAB that there should not be any element of humiliation in the investigation process.
Imran Khan recognized that the salary structure of the civil servants is not in accordance with their qualification. He said currently we are faced with difficult economic situation but this country has the potential to move forward on the path of development with rapid pace provided good governance is ensured.
He said good governance will also make Pakistan an attractive place for investment and tourism.