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39th SAARC Charter Day: PM Extends Heartiest Felicitations To SAARC Member States

On the 39 SAARC Charter Day Prime Minister Anwaar-ul- Haq Kakar extended his heartiest felicitations to the SAARC member states and the people of South Asia.

The Caretaker Prime Minister said 8th of December 1985 marks the day when leaders with vision and foresight adopted the SAARC charter and pledged to work together for the progress and prosperity of South Asia.

He said this day reminds us of the responsibility placed on our shoulders by our people, to address the common challenges of poverty, illiteracy, disease and under-development.

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said undoubtedly, SAARC has the immense potential to provide a sound framework to transform the lives of over two billion people residing in the South Asian region.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan, as one of the founding member states of SAARC, has consistently shown its commitment to the organization's objectives.

He said Pakistan has actively participated in the SAARC processes and activities.

Prime Minister Kakar said that Pakistan is a firm believer in the strength and potential of regional cooperation for national and regional development.

He said that Pakistan further believes that result-oriented regional cooperation can be achieved only by adhering to the cardinal principles of sovereign equality and mutual respect, as enshrined in the SAARC charter.

Anwaar ul Haq Kakar said he would like to take the opportunity to reiterate Pakistan's commitment to the SAARC process.

Prime Minister said that he is confident that the current hindrances to the organization's smooth functioning will be removed, thus enabling the SAARC member states to forge ahead on the path of mutually-beneficial regional cooperation.

He commended the efforts being made by the SAARC secretariat for the organization's smooth functioning.

The Prime Minister also wished the people of South Asia, peace, progress and prosperity and to work together to realize the true potential of the region for the benefit of South Asia and the rest of the world.