LAHORE – Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Professor Ahsan Iqbal said Saturday that now European countries, Central Asia, Russia and the UK etc. were eying Pakistan and showing their keen interest to be part of the CPEC.
The federal minister said CPEC project was a splendid gift and a great opportunity that came in centuries and its successful completion could make Pakistan’s development irreversible
Addressing the second Alumni Reunion here at University of Engineering and Technology (UET), he said, Pakistan was now on the way to economic development, and there was a dire need for political stability for ensuring consistency in policies to achieve vital economic goals of the country.
Ahsan Iqbal said South Koria, Malaysia, China, Turkey and Singapore developed themselves through political stability; continuation of economic/development policies; investment in social development, education, science and technology; used their professionals and technocrats as a tool to achieve development; and not indulged into any conflict/war.
Ahsan was of the view that 20th century had been an era of political concepts but 21st century was of economic ideology. Only that country could advance at the global level that had an ability of wealth creation; its justified distribution; and efficient in ensuring its sustainability on the competitive basis, he added.
To change the destiny of 200 million people of Pakistan could not be done overnight, as it required years, he said and added the present government was striving to ensure social justice; level playing field and equal access to everyone to opportunities, as it was the vision and ideology of Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal regarding Pakistan.
The minister mentioned that three years ago, the western media and global institutions had been terming Pakistan as a dangerous state, but today the same media and institutions were all praised of Pakistan and declared her as rising economy in the world.
The present government, he said, also had the credit of initiating mega energy projects by manipulating all resources- coal, hydel, wind, solar and renewable energy, very speedily, and till 2018, it would add up to 11,000 megawatts of electricity into the system, which was unprecedented in country’s history.
The minister also stressed the need for changing the teaching pattern/system that did not compel students to go to the library or read/consult books other than their course/textbooks. He suggested that lecture-base teaching should be replaced with interactive learning and inquiry pattern to broaden students aptitude and intellect level.