Political stability is critical for sustainable development in the country: Planning Minister
He was addressing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor International Logistic Forum in Islamabad under the auspices of National Logistics Cell.The Minister said fast development also need consistency in policies.He said Pakistan has paid a heavy price for political instability in the past.Ahsan Iqbal said Gwadar port project remained suspended due to political instability, and the incumbent government has revived the project.He said the PML-N government has completed a number of infrastructure projects to ensure swift and durable progress in all parts of the country.He said an important highway linking Gwadar with Quetta has already been completed.The Minister said Pakistan Railways has been revived.He said work on Karachi-Peshawar motorway is underway and Multan-Sukkur section of the motorway under CPEC will be completed by the end of next year.He said nine special economic zones under CPEC are being established in consultations with provinces.
Host : Dr.Sajad
Co-Host : Azeem
Analysts on Telephone
Maiza Hameed (Leader, PML-N):
The opposition parties are making all out efforts to derail the democratic system and demanding the resignation of an elected Prime Minister for no reason. Even in JIT report there is no single allegation of corruption imposed on Prime Minister. The nation has already expressed satisfaction over PML-N leadership and its achievements and performance. The economy of the country has improved and terrorism has reduced to a great extent. Some media channels are involved in efforts to improve their ratings by holding discussions on JIT report rather than to cover national issues. With the help of Allah Almighty and votes of nation PML-N will be in power in 2018 as well.
Pakistan once again expresses serious concerns over frequent ceasefire violations by Indian forces on the line of control and the working boundary.Nafees Zakaria
At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria says the Indian side is deliberately heightening tension in order to divert world attention from its atrocities in occupied Kashmir.The spokesperson said Indian forces committed five hundred and forty two ceasefire violations in the current year in which eighteen civilians embraced martyrdom.Pakistani forces give befitting response to the Indian aggression but they are demonstrating utmost restraint as Pakistan has no desire to escalate the tension.He said the world community and the United Nations have also expressed concerns over the LOC situation.He said Pakistan believes in resolution of all issues through dialogue.
Analysts on Telephone
Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi (Defense Analyst):
Indian forces are continuously violating LoC and the Working Boundary just to divert world’s attention from Kashmir dispute and violation of human rights in the valley. Indian forces are directly targeting the civilians whereas Pak Army has never targeted the civil community. International community could force India. International community can play its role to force India to stop its brutalities and violation of human rights in Occupied Kashmir. Unfortunately, Muslim community throughout the world has been suffering. Muslim Ummah should stand united against anti-Islam elements.