Strong econ­omy, peace, suf­fi­cient en­ergy govt agenda, says Ah­san Iqbal

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Plan­ning, De­vel­op­ment and Re­forms, Prof Ah­san Iqbal has said elim­i­na­tion of en­ergy cri­sis, restora­tion of peace and putting the coun­try's econ­omy on strong foot­ings was the agenda of the PML-N govern­ment. Talk­ing to me­dia af­ter ad­dress­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony of

IAPEX-2016 at a lo­cal ho­tel, he said the govern­ment wanted all the politi­cians, in­tel­lec­tu­als, me­dia and pro­fes­sion­als aboard in ex­plor­ing and tak­ing op­ti­mum ben­e­fits of op­por­tu­ni­ties un­der China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor. To a ques­tion, fed­eral min­is­ter said that Pak­istan had now be­come a sta­ble demo­cratic coun­try. First time in 65 years of Pak­istan, an elect- ed (pre­vi­ous) govern­ment com­pleted its five-year term and now the PML-N govern­ment was also com­plet­ing its ten­ure, he said, adding that if five-year term of ev­ery demo­cratic govern­ment was re­spected by let­ting it com­plete its ten­ure then no one could halt Pak­istan to be­come an Asian Tiger. "Now, we have to come out of the political theatre and pre­pare our­selves for eco­nomic strug­gle, as this age is not of political ide­ol­ogy but of eco­nomic ide­ol­ogy, and only that coun­try can achieve de­vel­op­ment that has strong econ­omy and growth ca­pac­ity," he main­tained.

He stressed the need for aban­don­ing the habit of pol­i­tics for the sake of politic and fo­cus­ing only on im­prov­ing the coun­try's eco­nomic com­pet­i­tive­ness in the world. An­swer­ing a ques­tion, Ah­san Iqbal said demo­cratic sys­tem was tak­ing its strong roots in the coun­try and now the peo­ple were ma­ture enough that they did not want any chaos and in­sta­bil­ity in the coun­try. "To­day, ev­ery Pak­istani knows that Pak­istan's fu­ture hinges on supremacy of con­sti­tu­tion. con­ti­nu­ity of democ­racy, rule of law and good gov­er­nance, and we all will have to work on it," he as­serted. To yet an­other ques­tion re­gard­ing al­le­ga­tions by Mustafa Ka­mal, for­mer district nazim of Karachi, he said lev­el­ing al­le­ga­tions was not a new phe­nom­e­non in the political his­tory of Pak­istan how­ever, coun­try's law en­force­ment agen­cies were in­ves­ti­gat­ing th­ese al­le­ga­tions. If some solid ev­i­dences/fac­tors come forth in the light of in­ves­ti­ga­tions then the rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions would take ac­tion on them.

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