LAHORE: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has said that PTI Chairman Imran Khan wants anarchy in the name holding independence march.
Talking to the media after awards distribution ceremony of 100th National Management Course (NMC) and 15th Senior Management Course (SMC) at the National School of Public Policy on Thursday, he advised the PTI chairman to give time, if he had a few minutes, to more than 800,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who had left their homes for the better future of the country and where his party was ruling.
He expressed his astonishment over time and money being spent by Imran for political rallies and alleged that he (Imran) was holding such rallies for political destabilisation of the country.
The federal minister urged Imran to take caravans to help IDPs as Pakistan was unable to bear any de-stability, especially when the government was working to bring foreign investment to the country under Sino-Pak economic corridor project. “Does Imran want to threaten investors?” Ahsan questioned.
He said political issues and differences could be resolved in the parliament, adding that message of unity and responsibility was needed on the Independence Day.
To a question, he said the PML-N had no connection with criticism launched by Arsalan Iftikhar against Imran Khan and that it was their bilateral issue as Imran had earlier criticised Arsalan also.
Ahsan said that it was time to discuss solutions of common national problems like electricity shortage, unemployment and terrorism.
To a question about Dr Tahirul Qadri, he said the government felt no danger from him, as his agenda was negative while the government was working on real positive agenda of bringing about industrial and educational revolution.
Earlier, in his keynote address, he said that unfortunately, performance of managers of the country had not remained exemplary and that results of their work and progress achieved by the country were embarrassing. “The nation does not need managers, it needs leaders,” he added.
Citing the poor performance of all sectors of management, the minister urged the participants to work hard on new ideas for the prosperity of the country.
He said that “status quo” was no more an option as it was time to work with new eye, new behaviour and for bringing about a change in the country. He expressed the hope that the participants would utilise their potential for the prosperity of the nation.
He said that the nature had given another opportunity in the form of Sino-Pak economic corridor project to us and that China would never waste its resources, so it was national responsibility of the managers to take advantage of this opportunity and convert
Pakistan into the best economic nation of the region by 2025. Earlier, he gave away awards to 53 participants of the 100th NMC and 89 participants of the 15th SMC.
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