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Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says political stability is vital for attaining sustainable development and prosperity in the country.

Addressing PML-N youth convention in Islamabad on Tuesday afternoon, he said whenever the country embarks upon a path of progress, anti-developmental elements become active to create political instability.

The Minister said anti-development forces are busy in hatching conspiracies to break the current momentum of expeditious development in the country.

He said the back of terrorism has been broken and the country's security forces have rendered unmatched sacrifices. He said tourism is thriving in the country as a result of improved law and order situation.

He said huge investment has been made in human resource, energy, and infrastructure sectors. He said 10,000 megawatt of electricity will be added to the national grid by next year.  

Ahsan Iqbal said world financial institutions are now acknowledging the economic achievements of Pakistan and predicting that Pakistan will be among top twenty economies by 2030. 

He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will prove to be a milestone in country's history, and it will make Pakistan a trade hub in the region.

Meanwhile, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says establishment of economic zones under CPEC carries much significance for the development of the country.

He said this during a meeting with a high-level Chinese delegation in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The meeting reviewed progress of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and preparations for 7th Joint Cooperation Committee.

Ahsan Iqbal said CPEC is helping in improving infrastructure, and overcome power outages in the country.

The Minister for Planning said one belt one road initiative will bring closer the Asian, European and African countries.

He said development of Gwadar is priority of the government and its master plan will be completed soon.

The Chinese delegates said every possible effort will be made to ensure timely completion of CPEC projects.

During their four-day visit, the Chinese delegation will hold meetings with Pakistani leaders, business community and review the proposed of economic zones.

The Provincial Governments will also brief the delegates about their Special Economic Zones and their investment plans.


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