Pak­istan has all po­ten­tial to over­come chal­lenges: PM

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Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif Tues­day said that Pak­istan had all the po­ten­tial and tal­ent to over­come the chal­lenges and his govern­ment was com­mit­ted to steer­ing the coun­try to­wards claim­ing its due place among de­vel­oped na­tions.

No coun­try or na­tion, he un­der­lined, could suc­ceed with­out achiev­ing eco­nomic sta­bil­ity, and no such sta­bil­ity was pos­si­ble if ter­ror­ists were al­lowed to con­tinue with their anti-peace and anti-Pak­istan agenda.

Nawaz Sharif was talk­ing to out­go­ing Am­bas­sador of Ar­gentina Rodolfo J. Martin Sar­avia, who paid a farewell call on him here at the Prime Min­is­ter House.

Fe­lic­i­tat­ing the Am­bas­sador of Ar­gentina on com­ple­tion of 12 years stay in Pak­istan, the Prime Min­is­ter ap­pre­ci­ated his con­tri­bu­tion in strength­en­ing and fur­ther broad­en­ing the bi­lat­eral ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

Rodolfo J. Martin Sar­avia greatly ad­mired the Prime Min­is­ter's coura­geous de­ci­sion of tak­ing the ter­ror­ists head-on, say­ing that the on­go­ing mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion Zarb-e-Azb was the best thing hap­pen­ing to Pak­istan. The op­er­a­tion, he added, had proven to be ex­ceed­ingly suc­cess­ful in elim­i­nat­ing ter­ror­ism from the coun­try.

Ap­pre­ci­at­ing the eco­nomic poli­cies of the present govern­ment, the Am­bas­sador said that the Prime Min­is­ter had put the coun­try on the right path by turn­ing around its econ­omy. Pak­istan's per­cep­tion had been chang­ing in the last three years and the coun­try was now viewed quite pos­i­tively the world over, Rodolfo J. Martin Sar­avia added. He also ap­pre­ci­ated the Prime Min­is­ter's vi­sion of elim­i­nat­ing en­ergy de­fi­ciency from Pak­istan.

The Am­bas­sador praised the Prime Min­is­ter on tak­ing pro­gres­sive stance on is­sues per­tain­ing to women and mi­nori­ties and lauded the mea­sures taken by the present govern­ment to pro­tect them against un­just and dis- crim­i­na­tory out­look. The Prime Min­is­ter said the vi­sion of trans­form­ing Pak­istan into a mod­ern and de­vel­oped state, as en­vi­sioned by the Father of the Na­tion, could not be re­al­ized if about half of the pop­u­la­tion (con­sist­ing of women) was ig­nored.

Women's role in the coun­try's progress was as cru­cial as that of men, he said and em­pha­sized that mi­nori­ties be­long­ing to any re­li­gion and faith were equal cit­i­zens of Pak­istan and en­joyed rights at par with their coun­try­men.

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