Prime Minister Imran Khan speaking to the government employees - Sep 14th, 2018 | Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

Prime Minister Imran Khan speaking to the government employees - Sep 14th, 2018
Here is the speech transcript:
Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing civil servants in Islamabad.
We need to understand that nothing is impossible; if we as a nation put our minds to it. But in order to achieve our goals, we need to change ourselves.
These mega-projects that we have taken loans on and even paying interest on, they are damaging us further. -
We need to understand that nothing is impossible; if we as a nation put our minds to it. But in order to achieve our goals, we need to change ourselves.
Darwin says it is not the fittest who survive, but the ones who adapt. Our ruling elites mindset has not changed since the time that Pakistan came into being.
We have seen all kinds of challenges and countries come out of them. Germany and Japan were destroyed by war, but they rose back up in 10 years. Why? Because the nation and governments were on the same page
When people take ownership of your country, they become the protectors of everything to do the country; an army of 200 million. We need to step outside of a colonial mindset.
We need to believe that it is our responsibility to serve the people of Pakistan. What we have seen; the way the ruling elite here spends... in a country where the most children die of water-borne diseases.
The country where the most women die while giving birth, and the most alarming figures where 43 percent of the child population has stunted growth because we can not feed our children.
2.5 crore children are out of school. 8 Lakhs children are in private schools and some 45 Lakhs in Madrassahs. Which nations can progress when they do not treat their children equally?
We are auctioning dozens of cars, helicopters... I don’t live in the PM house. The symbolism of all this is important to change our mindset. When we need to spend every rupee on the children and people of our country.
We as leaders need to understand and ask ourselves; this that I am spending on myself, Can I spend it on the people of Pakistan? I ask this of all our leadership and our executive committee here.
Accountability is our cornerstone. The level of corruption there is; our biggest issue is because of it. The money stolen is one aspect of it; but the institutions destroyed to make corruption possible is what has destroyed our country.
This is the downfall of the third world; where institutions are destroyed. Why is there transparency in the West? Because they have institutions and are afraid of the law. -
This is the downfall of the third world; where institutions are destroyed. Why is there transparency in the West? Because they have institutions and are afraid of the law. -
None of our reform programs will be implementable without a robust bureaucracy. Yes, we will be taking huge risks, and mistakes may happen. But everyone makes mistakes and we will stand with you and ensure that no wrong pressure is levied on you.
Whatever your political affiliation may be; if you like Imran Khan or PTI or not? I am not concerned. I am only concerned by your performance. If you work for the country, we will stand by you and support you.
It is unfortunate; that our bureaucracy and civil services were our pride in all of Asia. In front of our eyes, the decline of it happened because of political interference. We want to raise the stature of our bureaucracy to a world-class level again.-
We changed the nature of KP police; a police that was targeted by the Taliban in a war-ravaged province. We had so much resistance in the beginning from the political system. But we brought in merit, NTS recruitments, and today KP police is a model police.
A system that works on merit is unmatched and we will make sure we protect our bureaucracy from political pressure. This practice of transfers on political grounds is massively disruptive
Our focus is towards specialization of our bureaucracy according to world practices. Our civil services reforms will be very beneficial to the bureaucracy. And will reward merit.
The salary structure of the bureaucracy has also been destroyed; I am aware of this. When my father was an engineer in the civil services, he could purchase a car with his one month's salary
The bureaucracy attracted the best talent, and there was no temptation to steal and be corrupt because they were compensated well.
I had a classmate at Aitchison who always topped in our class. I met him some 20 years later, and asked him if his kids were in Aitchison. And he said he couldn’t afford the fee, even though he worked in the civil services. So I recognize the pressures on you.
We have had experience of 5 years in KP, and I am taking presentations on various issues s well. I am asking you to bear with the difficult time, as it is not indefinite.
We are going through a down cycle, but if we fix our governance structure we will rise exponentially because we have so much potential.
We have a huge asset in overseas Pakistanis who have massive funds to invest but their trust will only be restored when we fix governance. It is only when investment comes in that our salaried class will be given the opportunities that can improve their living.
Recognising that this is a tough time for you, the inflation in Pakistan, you are not being compensated according to your qualifications.
But if you can make up your mind that we have to bear the difficult decisions for two years, we will become a country that will become attractive as an investment destination, a tourist destination.
Even our own people don’t realize the potential of the resource and the talent that we have in our country. I understand your problems, and I assure you we will protect you from political influence, that you are given respect and dignity.
Even our own people don’t realize the potential of the resource and the talent that we have in our country. I understand your problems, and I assure you we will protect you from political influence, that you are given respect and dignity.