Govt com­mit­ted to eco­nomic re­vival not NRO: Ah­san Iqbal

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Reporter QUETTA

In­te­rior and Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Ah­san Iqbal said on Thurs­day that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment's 'NRO' is the "na­tion's re­vival or­der". He was re­spond­ing to op­po­si­tion par­ties' claims that the rul­ing party has in­dulged in a Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Or­der-like deal.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia af­ter in­au­gu­rat­ing the Ex­ec­u­tive Pass­port Of­fice in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, Iqbal said the Pak­istan Mus­lim League-Nawaz has re­vived the coun­try's econ­omy, en­ergy and se­cu­rity in the last four years.

He said a new bench­mark will be set when Par­lia­ment com­pletes its sec­ond ten­ure un­der the present gov­ern­ment's watch. "Po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity is like oxy­gen for a coun­try's devel­op­ment," said the min­is­ter, adding that the op­po­si­tion and Pak­istan Awami Tehreek's pro­posed 'all par­ties con­fer­ence' should be an ex­er­cise of na­tional unity rather than of protest sit-ins. The con­fer­ence is planned for De­cem­ber 30.

He said in­stead of pulling each other's legs, ev­ery­one should work to­gether for the coun­try's bet­ter­ment. Prais­ing the im­prove­ment in the coun­try's se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion, the min­is­ter said peo­ple can now travel from Karachi and Gwadar with­out fear. He stated fur­ther that

In­dia is us­ing Afghanistan to fo­ment in­sta­bil­ity in Pak­istan so it can make the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) un­suc­cess­ful, adding that con­victed In­dian spy Kulb­hushan Jad­hav has ac­cepted that In­dia is pump­ing mil­lions of dol­lars to en­sure CPEC's fail­ure.

Iqbal said Pak­istan's com­pe­ti­tion is with In­dia and other re­gional coun­tries vis-à-vis devel­op­ment, say­ing that when our econ­omy is strong, no coun­try will look at Pak­istan with ill in­ten­tions. Ear­lier, the min­is­ter

in­spected the newly-launched pass­port fa­cil­ity, which cost Rs18 mil­lion.

He praised the NADRA for set­ting up the of­fice in a record four months time. He in­formed that the fa­cil­ity will be able to ac­com­mo­date 80 per­sons si­mul­ta­ne­ously and the process of get­ting one's pass­port made will take 20-25 min­utes.

The min­is­ter was ac­com­pa­nied by the head of NADRA and Balochis­tan Home Min­is­ter Sar­fraz Bugti.

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