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PM declares war against poverty

Challenges need proper planning’

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has emphasised the need for developing a long-term strategy to deal with the challenges of poverty, unemployment and terrorism in a more proactive manner. Addressing the participants of the National Security and War course at National Defence University (NDU) here on Monday, he said the government was fully aware of the challenges and geared up to confront them with the cooperation of the people.
He said that Pakistani people have shown great resilience in difficult times and they were fully capable to secure a bright future for the country.
Dilating upon Pakistan’s relations with outside world, Gilani said that Pakistan’s foreign policy has been reoriented to furthering the economic interests abroad.
The vibrant policy is aimed at maintaining constructive engagement with the outside world keeping in view its own national interests besides working for the world peace and stability, he said. The prime minister said that Pakistan joined the world in the war against terrorism after9/11 for its own interests and the world peace at large. He said that the process of strategic dialogue has been initiated with Washington for long term relationship. Prime Minister said that fraternal relation with China is the cornerstone of our policy. China supports our policy against terrorism and our bilateral ties have strengthened in diverse fields including defense, education, mining, telecommunication and tourism. Yousuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan was actively participating in the programmes of the OIC and it was extending support on vital issues. “Pakistan is committed to the principles and objectives of Saarc”, he said. He said that Pakistan stands for dialogue for the resolution of Kashmir dispute with Indian. He said Islamabad would continue to support the cause of Kashmiri people morally, politically and diplomatically.  Turning to the internal affairs, the prime minister said that the government was making efforts to improve governance and deliver on its promises.
In this connection, he said major structural reforms have been undertaken in different sectors including petroleum, industrial and agriculture. -NNI


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