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