ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Friday inaugurated Rising Pakistan Campaign to highlight positive image of Pakistan internationally.
Talking to media, the minister said the main aim of launching rising Pakistan campaign was to highlight the culture of all provinces of the Country.
The minister said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) government had steered Pakistan out of the crisis as the Country was enduring 16 to 20 hours daily load shedding in 2013 when the current government assumed power. He said now after 4.5 years, the Country’s economy was being ranked among the five top growing economies of the world.
Ahsan Iqbal said the worst power outages had jeopardized the whole system of the Country. He said industrial production remained at lowest level but the PML-N government had started strenuous efforts to revive the economy.
Owing to various steps taken by the new government in 2013 onwards, he said the Country’s growth ratio was started registering marked increase. Elaborating, he said, the economic growth rate had increased by 6 percent in financial year 2017-18 which was only 3.7 percent in 2013.
The planning and development minister said 11,000 megawatts additional electricity had been added to the national grid system in the last four and a half years. Whereas, he said, only 17,000 mw electricity was produced in last 66 years.
In addition, the minister said overall, 60 percent increase had been ensured in the network of Motorways and Highways in last four and a half year, adding terrorism incidents had been decreased up to 75 percent during the tenure of PML-N.
Ahsan Iqbal also said peace had been restored in Karachi, and Balochistan had been brought back into the national mainstream.