President Mamnoon Hussain has said think tanks play a critical role in the development of a country by producing knowledge for decision makers.
The President said this while talking to Ambassador ® Masood Khan, Director General, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI) who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday.
Talking about the importance of think tanks, the President said that their output is vital especially in the political and policy arenas at the national level. The President underscored that the present government believes in freedom of expression which is important for political and social development of a country.
The President congratulated Ambassador ® Masood Khan on assuming the charge as Director General ISSI. The President also appreciated the services of former ambassador as a distinguished diplomat for playing a commendable role as Pakistani’s envoy to different countries/forums especially at the UN and wished him good luck for the present assignment.
The President expressed hope that ISSI would continue playing its positive role under the supervision of its new Director General. Ambassador ® Masood Khan thanked the President and said that ISSI would continue sharing its research, policy papers and briefs with the government.