Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Sunday said that he maintained good relations with the leaders of all political parties, both within and outside the parliament, in running affairs of the government through mutual consultation. The prime minister said that he made sincere efforts to ensure a smooth transition of power following the completion of constitutional term by the present democratic government. Prime Minister Ashraf, in his farewell statement, said, “I am blessed and privileged to have had an opportunity to serve the great people of Pakistan. I have been touched by the warmth, affection and support extended to me during my stay in office”.
He said that he had tried to discharge his responsibilities to the best of his abilities as the chief executive of the great country and he was fortunate to have benefitted from the wisdom and counsel of President Asif Ali Zardari.
He said,”Hailing from a middle class background, I take pride in being a party worker and in opening the Prime Minister’s House to the people and the workers for their free access.”
“Every endeavour was made to ensure that appointments, recruitments, postings and transfers of public servants are made on merit and a policy was also formulated and implemented in Balochistan without any discrimination.
I have upheld transparency, merit, financial prudence, openness and participatory decision-making,” he added.
The Prime Minister said, “Be it the Karachi factory inferno, the tragedy in Balochistan or attack on Malala Yousafzai, our people have braved adversity with grace and courage. No matter what the circumstances, their resolve to preserve their dignity, values and way of life have remained unwavering.”
He said, “No other nation of the world has been exposed to as many challenges as Pakistan and still our people remain determined to move on and are ready to render every sacrifice to protect their values of pluralism, diversity, tolerance and inclusiveness.”
The Prime Minister said,”The people of Pakistan are simple but endowed with dynamism and resilience. With every crisis, the nation has bounced back with renewed vigour.”
He said, “Now the time has come for the next government to build on the gains we made. What it needs is that its sons and daughters rise to the challenge and do everything in their power to make it happen. We will together, InshAllah, make it happen.”
The Prime Minister said, “Let us commit ourselves to continue to serve our people wherever we are. This country has given us everything. It is about time we return some of its favours by working hard for its glory and rightful place in the comity of nations.”
“In the end I bow my head in gratitude to Almighty for giving me the strength to guide this nation during testing times and pray for the prosperity, welfare and progress of the people of Pakistan,” he said.