- Interior minister stresses elections will be held on time
LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday said Pakistan will be among 20 large economies of the world by 2025.
Speaking to the media persons after inaugurating the third China Agro Chemical summit in Lahore, he said if political obstacles were not created in the past four years, the country would have gone far ahead.
The PML-N devised an inclusive future line of action when it came to power in 2013, the minister said and added barely a day passed without any incident of terrorism before 2013 but now peace was restored. He said India is involved in the recent acts of terrorism in Pakistan.
Iqbal said the country faced the acute energy crisis, but the government after assuming power took initiatives to plug the shortfall and generated enough electricity, which was not even done in the 70 years.
He said that Pakistan is an agrarian economy; therefore, there are immense prospects for entrepreneurship in this field.
The interior minister said, “Today’s Pakistan is safer and more prosperous as compared to that of the past.”
Reiterating that the government is taking all possible measures to restore peace in the country, Iqbal said that anti-terror actions are yielding positive results.
The minister said efforts are also being made to strengthen democracy in the country adding that the elections will be held on time.
Later, addressing the inaugural ceremony of three-day Sustainable Development Conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, Ahsan Iqbal reiterated that due to the prudent policies of the government the challenge of terrorism has been overcome and the country has been put on the track of progress and prosperity.
Addressing the Indian delegates present at the conference, Ahsan Iqbal said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a project of connectivity, cooperation and prosperity and not a conspiracy or a security threat.
Earlier in his welcome note, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, said the theme of the conference is ‘Seventy Years of Development: Way Forward’ under which we will try to measure the milestones achieved so far and ponder over the future plan of action.