ISLAMABAD - President Mamnoon Hussain yesterday asked the Ministry of National Health Services and Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (PPMA) to immediately submit cogent recommendations in order to boost pharmaceutical exports to realise its full potential.

The President said this while chairing a presentation by the representatives of Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad yesterday.

The presentation was also attended by Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and Secretary, Ministry of Commerce. The President underscored the need for early operationalisation of Federal Drug Surveillance Laboratory in Islamabad to fulfill the World Health Organisation’s requirements and provide necessary certification to facilitate pharmaceutical exports to the international market. President Mamnoon directed the Secretary Health to ensure early functioning of this lab.  The President said that PPMA needs to work harder to increase pharmaceutical exports by removing the impediments and ensuring high standards of quality control to attract foreign buyers assuring them of all necessary help by the Government.

The representatives of PPMA briefed the President about the issues pertaining to pharmaceutical industry and thanked him for his keen interest in promoting pharmaceutical exports.

Zarb-e-Azb to continue till complete elimination of terrorists: President: President Mamnoon Hussain said yesterday that Operation Zarb-e-Azb is progressing successfully and it will continue till complete elimination of the last terrorists.

The President stated this while talking to Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Friday.

The President said that the government is committed to bring Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) at par with other areas of the country by completing ongoing development projects and providing socio-economic amenities to improve the standard of life of the people.

President Mamnoon expressed the government’s resolve for timely repatriation and rehabilitation of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) and said that the damaged infrastructure would be rebuilt and economic incentives would be provided for bringing the life back to normalcy in the region. Governor KP Iqbal Zafar Jhagra briefed the President about matters relating to FATA and said that due to the effective Zarb-e-Azb Operation, normalcy is returning to the area and people are being facilitated and encouraged to return to their homes.