ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Planning & Development Ahsan Iqbal yesterday gave detailed briefing to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on a number of ongoing development projects and the overall working of the Ministry of Planning and Development.

The prime minister appreciated the efforts of minister regarding capacity building of the Ministry's officials that has resulted in enhanced performance of the ministry. The prime minister also appreciated the transparent mechanism adopted by the Planning & Development Ministry in its affairs.

The PM expressed his satisfaction over the overall working of the ministry especially the efforts put in by the ministry regarding saving measures adopted in various projects that has resulted in significant savings for the national exchequer.

He said that the fast-track process of projects' planning, monitoring and evaluation undertaken by the Planning Commission should be maintained.

PM URGES ENVOYS TO WORK HARD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that ambassadors have to work hard in their respective countries of accreditation for improving bilateral relations and enhancement in the positive image of Pakistan.

The PM expressed these views while meeting the ambassadors-designate who called on him at the PM House Islamabad yesterday.

Ambassadors-designate who called on the Prime Minister included Qazi Khalil Ullah (Russian Federation), Johar Saleem (Germany), Moin ul Haq (France), Mazhar Javed (Nepal), Afrasiab (New Zealand), Babar Hashmi (Bulgaria), Zahid Ali (Sudan) and Chudhry Nadir (Morocco). Consul Generals-designate who called on PM included Jabbar Memon (Los Angeles, USA) and Ahmad Naseem Waraich (Frankfurt, Germany).

The meeting was also attended by Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and other senior officers.