Pakistan “a new success story” now says Ahsan Iqbal
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.