Pak­istan “a new suc­cess story” now says Ah­san Iqbal

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Plan­ning De­vel­op­ment and Re­forms Ah­san Iqbal has said in­ter­na­tional me­dia which ear­lier was pos­ing Pak­istan as a dan­ger­ous coun­try, now terming Pak­istan "a new suc­cess story" and "an emerg­ing state."

He was ad­dress­ing an award dis­tri­bu­tion cer­e­mony here at Univer­sity of Health Sci­ence on Thurs­day. The min­is­ter said that no na­tion could make com­mend­able progress with­out hav­ing a sta­ble econ­omy and con­sis­tent eco­nomic poli­cies. He said the coun­try faced al­most 35 years mar­tial laws but ow­ing to pru­dent eco­nomic poli­cies of the PML-N govern­ment all eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors are show­ing up­ward trend. He said it is the high time to high­light Pak­istan's suc­cess sto­ries to the in­ter­na­tional world in­stead of blam­ing each other. He said "All of us will have to fol­low agenda of pros­per­ous Pak­istan set­ting aside petty pol­i­tics."

He men­tioned that China, Turkey, Malaysia and other coun­tries main­tained con­tin­u­a­tion of their poli­cies which helped them in mak­ing progress. Ah­san Iqbal ex­pressed the op­ti­mism that fol­low­ing the pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tors in all fields, de­vel­op­ment poli­cies would con­tinue in larger in­ter­est of the coun­try as all the political par­ties have signed De­vel­op­ment Vi­sion 2015.

He said peo­ple have wit­nessed "real change" in the coun­try as peo­ple in Karachi are now se­cured and feel com­fort­able, no sui­cide at­tacks Thurs­day, load-shed­ding is on the de­cline rapidly while peo­ple of Balochis­tan had hoisted na­tional flag on Au­gust 14, 2015.

The min­is­ter main­tained that Pak­istan in the field of health and education was far be­hind as for­mer rulers ne­glected th­ese vi­tal sec­tors. But he said the PML-N led govern­ment is fo­cus­ing on both sec­tors and in last two years it had en­hanced Rs 30 bil­lion bud­get for Higher Education Com­mis­sion to boost per­for­mance of the univer­si­ties. He asked the stu­dents to work hard in the field of re­search and present so­lu­tions fol­low­ing the avail­able re­sources. Later, Maj Gen (R) Prof. Muham­mad As­lam Vice Chan­cel­lor UHS pre­sented an hon­ourary shield to Ah­san Iqbal.

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