Rt. Hon. Francis Maude, British Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the PM House here this morning.
Welcoming him the Prime Minister said that bilateral relations between Pakistan and UK are based on sound footing and rooted in shared history and strong Diaspora linkages.
The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction on the overall upward trajectory of Pakistan-UK bilateral cooperation and said that frequent high-level exchanges and regular consultations between the two countries are a hallmark of this relationship.
Talking about Pakistan’s civil service structure, norms and practices the Prime Minister said they are largely a continuation of those that the British introduced in the Sub-continent, but there is an urgent need to make the civil service more attuned and responsive to the present challenges and realities.
He said a reform process has been initiated and he is personally supervising the deliberations being done on civil service reforms.
Mr. Francis Maude said that people's expectations and demands from public service delivery are growing and with the help of modern technology lots of services can be put online due to which the size of civil service can be reduced. The UK has reduced its civil service size by 21% during last five years, he said.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan has formulated the National Action Plan to effectively deal with the scourge of terrorism from the society.
Mr. Maude also conveyed best wishes of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Ambassador of the UK to Pakistan Mr. Philip Barton was also present during the meeting.