Pakistan to be on top 25 countries within next 10 years: Ahsan Iqbal

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Award distribution ceremony

Muzaffar Ali

Lahore—Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, has said that the government is determined to make Pakistan one of the top 25 economics of the world in next 10 years. Addressing at on award distribution ceremony at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Thursday, Ahsan Iqbal said that the world had entered into a knowledge revolution.
“This is not the age of war of political forces but an era of clash of economic theories”, he said adding that we had to follow on agenda of socio-economic uplift instead of a political gains. Prof. Ahsan Iqbal further said that sustained development and prosperity was not possible which negative thoughts. The people have to adopt a positive approach. He said that the country is emerging out of darkness and entering into an era of enlightenment.
“It is the same Pakistan which was termed as the ‘most dangerous country’ of the world by the western media in 2013. Today, the same media is calling Pakistan an emerging economy similar to Columbia”, he said. Ahsan Iqbal termed it a real change. He said that the government had increased the budgetary allocation for Higher Education Commission from Rs.48 billion to Rs.78 billion.
“For the first time in last two years, there have been collaborative efforts to eradicate polio and make Pakistan a polio-free country in next one year”, Prof Ahsan Iqbal claimed. Mr Iqbal called for “running faster than the front runners” to catch up the world as, according to him, “Pakistan is already lagging behind due to negligence on our part”.
Stressing the need for the development of human resource, which is a key for inclusive and sustainable growth, the planning minister said that a holistic approach was needed for human resource development by synergizing efforts on education, health, nutrition and population. He called for reforming the national curriculum to nurture critical thinking, creativity and innovative skills, which is the essence of knowledge.