Says caretaker govt of over 60 or 90 days which is installed with any pretext including with permission of SC would be unconstitutional
Says opposition is abusing everyone and carrying out character assassination of everyone
Says Ishaq Dar deserved appreciation and not humiliation
Says price of dollar & oil has increased in international market & due to this reason market has made some adjustment in exchange rate
ISLAMABAD, Dec 13 (SABAH): Minister for Interior, Planning and Development Chaudhry Ahsan Iabal has said that the price of the dollar has been increased and price of oil has also been increased in the international market. He said due to this reason market has made some adjustment in exchange rate but this is not uncontrollable and not so much dangerous. He said exports have already started showing positive trend and there would be more improvement in exports with adjustment in exchange rate. He said that the purpose of staging sit-ins prior to five months of completion of the tenure of government is to sabotage the elections and install a long term caretaker government. He said the caretaker government of over 60 or 90 days which is installed with any pretext including with the permission of the Supreme Court would be unconstitutional it would badly affect the credibility of the next elections. He said that the purpose of staging sit-ins in country is to create unrest.
Responding to questions by newsmen in Islamabad on Wednesday Ahsan Iqbal said that opposition is abusing everyone and carrying out character assassination of everyone. Ahsan Iqbal said we are confident that nation will elect PML-N again. Ahsan Iqbal said our opponents are joining hands with each other as they are feared from PML-N. He said blue and pink color people are also meeting with each other, adding that these people have no commonality of ideology and any other thing. He said that the people responsible for the Baldia town factory fire incident will be brought to justice. He said now no one could play with the peace of Karachi, adding that Karachi has been liberated from the lawlessness.
To a question he said NAB references have impacted upon the image of the country in the comity of nations. He said the global financial circles were appreciative of the services of Ishaq Dar in putting the economy back on its feet. He said Ishaq Dar deserved appreciation and not humiliation.
He regretted that the opposition is resorting to the abusive politics. He said today’s Pakistan is different from what the present government inherited in 2013 and people of Pakistan are firmly behind the developmental initiatives of the Government. He expressed the confidence that this positive sentiment would help PML-N score victory in the next general elections. He said today the country’s politics has no other identification than others versus PML-N.
Responding to a question he said those behind tragedy of Baldia factory Karachi would be taken to task. He said no one would be allowed to play with the peace of Karachi and those responsible for lawless activities will have to face the nemesis.
Meanwhile Ahsan Iqbal says political stability and continuation of policies are pre-requisites for accelerated growth and prosperity.
He was delivering key note address at the 33rd Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economics in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The Minister referred to the phenomenal progress achieved by countries like China, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand and said all of them performed well because of continuity of policies and political stability.
Ahsan Iqbal said sixties is described as golden era of development in Pakistan but the growth was not inclusive and it created regional and social disparities. The country moved on the path of industrialization in sixties but the process was undone due to nationalization policy of the then PPP Government.
The Minister for Planning said Pakistan introduced prudent economic policies in the beginning of 90s but elected governments were dismissed on completion or two or three years and the country could not benefit from these policies. Similar policies were introduced by India and Bangladesh and their economies progress remarkably.
He called for providing secure business environment to investors and emphasis on research and development to take the country forward.
He also emphasized the need for human resource development and innovation. He said Pakistan is the rising star of Asia.
He said previously the developing countries had edge of providing low-cost labor to the developed world and to flourish their industries at home as well. He however added that now with advent of new technologies and emergence of robotics, the developed world will have edge over the developing for providing low-cost labor.
He said in this scenario, the developing countries are facing a new paradox and they need to explore new domains of investment for economic survival.
He said the business models have changed in the modern world and the new economy is now based on global supply chain. He added that for competing these models, the developing countries need to identify the domain which they can defend.
He further said the global information is the new weapon of destruction which is capable of disrupting whole society. He gave examples of the recent Qatar- Saudi Arabia crisis and alleged involvement of Russia in the US elections in this regard.
He said the government started its journey with a hopeless situation in the country and worked tirelessly to reach at the hopeful stage. He said that his party’s manifesto during 2013 general elections campaign was based on four-Es, which included Energy, Education, Economy and Elimination of Terrorism.
He said the government has made efforts to address all these issues and now the country has been brought out of terrorism and load-shedding.
He added that in economic terms, the country’s situation was deteriorating back in 2013 and it needed massive investment to not just for it strength but also to meet the need of two-million jobs an year.
He added that in this regard mega project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has helped the country to stand on its own feet again.
Ahsan Iqbal said the country has now been put to the path of geo-economic orbit from that of geo-strategic and it is steadily moving froward on the path to development.