LAHORE: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Saturday said that comprehensive economic policies of the PML-N have put the country on the way to progress, prosperity and economic development.
Addressing the 11th annual environment excellence awards 2014 ceremony at a local hotel, he said the government has develop the economic road map, adding that today Pakistan stands at 45th position among the international economies of the world and the country would stand among top economies in world due to effective economic policies of government.
He said that government was making day and night efforts to utilize the available resources effectively to provide more employment opportunities to the youth and equip them with modern education.
The Minister said that government was making all out efforts to make the forecast system more effective, improvement in infrastructure, counter natural disasters and calamities and others to facilitate the people.
He said that government with cooperation of China has initiated energy projects of 16,000 megawatt to overcome energy crisis, adding that Dasu Dam, Dayamir Bhasha Dam and a number of others were indications of government’s firm commitment to resolve the crisis.
He urged the participants to engage environmental friendly practices to reduce the environmental damage and use those methods and procedures which decrease effects of industrial waste on environment.
Later, talking to media, Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) should end its sit in and contribute in strengthening national economic, development process and flood relief activities, adding that Imran Khan should respect the mandate of people and play a role of opposition for the betterment of people.
To a question, he said that dialogue process with Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) was in progress but there was deadlock in dialouge with PTI, adding that there was no reason to create disturbance in the country as the country was already facing flood devastation.
The minister said that it was need to hold economic long march instead of political long march, adding that all political parties should come forward to end polio virus, impart education to youth and eliminate terrorism and extremism from the country.
He said that a parliamentary committee had been constituted for electoral reforms but the PTI did not take part in the proceedings of the committee, adding that the politics of “Go, Go” must be ended and issues must be resolved through dialogues.