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Imran scared of uprising in PTI, wants early elections

LAHORE, Nov 16 (APP):Federal Minister for Interior and Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan IqbalThursday said the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was conspiring for early polls as he was scared of uprising in his party.

Talking to the media after the 24th Annual Convocation of University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, he said the PTI's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's members had revolted against their leadership so he (Imran) knew, he would not be able to get success

in the general election 2018.

"The PTI will lose Senate election 2018 and later on, it will be difficult for it to win few seats in the general election," he added.

He said process of polling scheme and formation of new constituencies after new census would take four to five

months and the Election Commission was unable to hold election before May 2018.

"In such situation, giving time more than 90 days to any caretaker government will not be a political decision," he

added.

The minister said the nation was vibrant and it would never elect any inexperienced person, adding that the masses

had elected the PML-N in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan even after a negative campaign against the PML-N.

He said every Pakistani was feeling that the country was progressing so the people would throw out those elements

who were creating obstacles in the way of progress.

Ahsan said Imran Khan had not even experience of running a union council, then how he could be able to run a country.

He said the nation was united on the Constitution and democracy, adding that only one formula would be succeeded

in the election 2018 and that was performance.

"Some forces will try to launch negative propaganda against the PML-N, but despite that the PML-N will win the

next election," he hoped.

To a question about the killings of 15 citizens in Balochistan, he said an investigation of the incident was underway and commenting on it before the investigation report would be inappropriate.

"It is true that across border, terrorism has been increased in Balochistan so we are adopting measures for

better security there," he said.

He said monitoring at Afghanistan border was being improved and the government was vigilant.

"Our neighbouring country India is spreading anarchy in Balochistan and other parts of the country to deter from

China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)," he said.

He said the government would eliminate such incidents in Balochistan and it would adopt measures like it took

against terrorists.

To another question about Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, he said both were running their business in abroad and

former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif involved them in the judicial process on the ethical grounds.

"The judicial process has become a joke in the world", he added.

To a question about the verdict of the Supreme Court against Nawaz Sharif, he said the party had implemented

the decision in letter and spirit without wasting a moment but reservations on it was the right of the party.

"Like the PPP has reservations on Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case and courts do not quote it as a reference like some

other cases including Maulvi Tamizuddin case and Nusrat Bhutto case", he added.

Answering a question about sit-in by Tehrik Labaik Ya Rasool Ullah, he said it was follow up of sit-ins started

by Imran and Qadri, whereas Khatm e Nabuwwat (finality of prophethood) was root of every Muslim's faith.

To a question, he said working for Vision 2010, Vision 2025, CPEC and education was his achievement.

"Stamp of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will be observed at every mega or mini development project for the last

30 years," he claimed.

World Acknowledges Pakistan's economic progress during last 4 years

ISLAMABAD, Nov 9 (APP):Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said Pakistan had made a tremendous progress during the last four years

as its economic progress and success against terrorism were being acknowledged by international community.

Addressing a function held in connection with Allama Muhammad Iqbal Day at Pakistan-China Cultural Centre here, he said, "Now the time has come that we start taking pride in a rising Pakistan."

The minister said Pakistan's remarkable economic turnaround and its historic success against menace of terrorism in the past few years was luring international businessmen which now see the country as an investment hub with rising opportunities.

He said four years ago, terrorists were holding the country hostage, but today, by Grace of Almighty Allah, terrorists were now on the run and peace had prevailed in Pakistan.

He said the number of terrorist incidents had fallen in past four years, adding, "We have achieved a success with our own resources, and we have achieved this feat which has no parallel in the world."

Ahsan Iqbal expressed the strong resolve of the government to purge the society of every sign that promotes any kind of hatred and violence.

He said four years ago, international media had a negative view of the country and now the same media was praising Pakistan as the fastest growing economy in the world.

Comparing the economic situation today to that of four years  ago, he said, "I am happy to say that last year, we achieved 4.8 percent growth and we are expecting 5.5 per cent growth in the current financial year. Next year, Insha Allah, we will touch the 6 per cent growth mark."

He recalled that when the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz government took over after winning a landslide victory in 2013 election, the country was facing its worst energy crisis and people were forced to live without electricity for 20 hours a day.  Today, the power outages had reduced to 4 hours a day.

"Such kind of efforts that the present government is putting in for the progress of the country," he added.

He said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a game-changer and Pakistan would be a regional hub of trade.

Referring to a huge investment under the CPEC, he said as much as $35 billion was being spent alone on improving country's energy sector.

"As a result of the huge economic turnaround; tremendous improvement in the security and the CPEC have changed Pakistan's

profile and international investors have now started to come to Pakistan in a big way," the minister said and added, "All investors are coming to Pakistan as they now see opportunities."

He said continuity of system and smooth transition of power were essential for strengthening democracy and  achieving development in the country. Pakistan was heading towards smooth transition and become a mature democratic country.

Ahsan Iqbal said it was for first time in history of the country that previous democratic government completed its constitutional tenure which had sent a positive message to the world that Pakistan had become a democratic state.

Similarly, he said, in 2018 general election, the government wanted the process should be completed in a democratic manner so as to prove the world about our strong democratic system.

He said the present government had completed more than four years and emphasized the need to further strengthen democratic culture and it could be proved that second time a democratic government had completed its five-year term.

He said good economic policies were like seeds and in case there was political instability, progress could not be achieved.

The minister lamented that a particular segment of opposition parties was in habit of finding faults in development which had been achieved during last four years and spreading disappointment in the country.

He said the general election 2018 would actually be referendum of development and those working for progress would emerge as victorious.

He said the incumbent government had initiated lot of mega projects from Gilgit-Baltistan to Karachi to lead the country

towards progress and development.

He said the CPEC was a mega development project which was launched by Nawaz Sharif with investment of China to ensure development in Pakistan.

While the opposition, he said was criticizing building of road network without knowing importance of roads in development.

The masses could get education and health facilities through roads, adding that if roads were not important then why China was

spending billions of rupees on building roads to link South and Middle East.

He said pro active steps in information technology and higher education areas were bearing fruits and improved profile of Pakistan among comity of nations.

"This is a real change which is being exhibited through positive results. Not like "Bhera Garak and Satia Naas Brigade" which has been running a negative campaign to create confusion in the country," he added.

He said Pakistan needed to benefit from opportunities being offered by CPEC and transform its economy to a modern industrial economy and added lack of proper leadership and power politics had hindered Pakistan's progress and, therefore, "We must learn from our past mistakes."

Paying tribute to Poet of the East, he said Iqbal wanted the youth to take part in prosperity of Muslim Ummah, as the youth could lead the nation to heights of success and progress.

The minister also shed light on Iqbal's philosophy of `Khudi' and other features of Iqbal's poetry, life and teachings.

He said Iqbal's concept of self (Khudi) stands on spiritual basis and the same was message of Sufis which could protect Muslims' values.

"We should avoid self-deception and by leaving myths should play our role for betterment of the society," he said.

Police need to internalize modern technology use to achieve successes

ISLAMABAD, Nov 10 (APP):Minister for Interior, Ahsan Iqbal on Friday said police have to internalize use of modern technology in its system for being successful, and in order to improve response time and cut down operational delays.

Police have an important role to deal with challenges faced by country including terrorism, he said this while addressing a passing out parade of 19th initial command course/43rd Specialized Training Programme (STP) of Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) here at National Police Academy.

He said, "Pakistan needs heroes. Our security agencies are rendering sacrifices daily and you have to take forward their legacy and write a new chapter of valour," he asked a batch of 37 passing out ASPs including three lady officers.

"The role and duties of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are of pivotal importance for stability and socio-economic advancement of our country," he said.

Ahsan Iqbal said solution to this enigma lies in training police force in dealing with crime on scientific basis, equipping them with modern gadgetry and synergizing them with a sense of duty and professionalism.

The Minister said he is impressed that these passing out officers are well-equipped for facing challenges that confront the police force and society.

"I am impressed by smartly turn out of these young officers and men. It is also my hope and prayer that these officers will have a long, successful and meritorious career that will be dedicated to service of people of Pakistan," he said and added public has great expectations from them and it is their rightful demand that their services should be at par with services rendered by advanced police organizations in developed countries to their citizens.

"Our nation is facing a grave threat from non-state actors today. The innumerable sacrifices given by our public,  ,the LEAs and police have helped in stemming tide of terrorism. In fact, history of Pakistan is being written by blood of martyrs," Ahsan Iqbal said.

He said, "We have laid down more than 60,000 lives to ensure survival and bright future of Pakistan. Similarly, loss of billions of dollars worth of property and infrastructure has also been braved. All this has increased our resolve to continue our struggle till final victory."

Ahsan Iqbal said terrorists want to break will of government and people by attacking soft targets, as is evident by attacks on religious minorities and sufi shrines.

The Minister said, "I want to emphasize one thing here that picture is not all grey. There is a silver lining on horizon. We are blessed with huge resources. We have a young population. Our people are talented. We have scientific, technological and business skills. We are a large market and are in process of utilizing our resources for optimal effect, but for this we need stability at home and in our region."

He said in battle against terrorists and criminals, the role of public is vital and involvement of public is only possible through community policing which in essence is collaboration between police and community.

Ahsan Iqbal said in such a scenario, the police are no longer considered sole guardian of law and order, rather all members of community become active allies in effort to enhance safety and quality of neighbourhoods.

He said a police officer, in fact, can help community members in mobilizing support and resources to solve problems and enhance their quality of life. Only then, will community members voice their concerns, contribute through advice and act as vigilant members to collect information regarding activities of terrorists/criminals and take action to address these threats.

He also emphasized that reinvigorating communities is essential if we are to deter crime and create more responsive neighbourhoods.

Police are often used as an emergency service and may provide a public safety function at large gatherings, as well as in emergencies, disasters, and search and rescue situations, he said, adding that to perform this variety of duties, the training of police and police managers must be at par with duties expected of them.

"If we need top class police, we shall have to provide for excellent training. If police officers are imparted necessary skills, there is no reason why they cannot give kind of up-right leadership which is need of the day. In the long run, it is a sound investment," the Minister said.

Ahsan Iqbal stressed that training/courses for police officers be designed on modern lines with emphasis on imparting skills.

He advised the graduating officers that as guardians of rights of citizens and under oath to adhere to constitution of Pakistan, they have to ensure rule of law, and exercise legitimately powers that are vested in you being government functionaries.

"You have to exercise these powers as a sacred trust. It is when change of attitude is not only seen but also felt by public that prestige of the police forces will increase. They are in worldly sense the ultimate judge of your actions. You will be able to rise up to their expectations, he maintained.

The Minister highlighted importance of team work, saying that all personnel will have different capacity but a good leader always take along its team by removing their deficiencies and boosting morale.

He congratulated the graduating officers for stepping in a new professional life, reminding them about their responsibilities to safeguard national interests and maintaining peace in the society by purging it of criminals.

Commandant of National Police Academy, Nasim-uz-Zaman (PSP, IGP) also spoke on the occasion and highlighted different features

of ASPs' 18-month training.

Later, Ahsan Iqbal along with Commandant of NPA inspected parade. Smartly turned out contingents presented a march past and saluted Interior Minister.

The Minister distributed prizes among the officers showing best performances in different disciplines including academic, physical training, discipline and firing.Earlier, participants of the ceremony offered Fateha for martyrs of Quetta blast and prayed for early recovery of the injured on request of Interior Minister.

Pakistan moving towards goal of economic development, political stability

SIALKOT, Nov 04 (APP)::Federal Minister for Interior Prof. Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said that Pakistan, despite all hurdles, was rapidly moving ahead towards the goal of economic development and political stability.

He said the PML-N government was fulfilling its all promises made with the public including raising their living standard besides overcoming the energy crisis.

He stated this while addressing the participants after inaugurating the newly established upgraded NADRA office besides launching One Window Operation at NADRA office Narowal. DG NADRA Syed Saqlain Abbas, local MPAs Khawaja Waseem Akhtar, Rana Manan Khan, Chairman Narowal District Council Ch. Ahmed Iqbal, Narowal DC Ali Anaan Qamar were also present on the occasion.

The Federal Interior Minister said the PML-N had won the general election of 2013 on the promise of development and it fulfilled its commitment, besides ending terrorism and energy shortage to a larger extent.

He said in 2013 Pakistan was considered the most dangerous country of the world due to terrorism and deteriorating law and order situation, and loadshedding was 20 hours long while the industrial activity was badly hampered due to power shortage.

He said that due to its strong policies, the PML-N government had been able to overcome the energy shortage, adding, "In the past, the country was facing 20-hour electricity loadshedding a day."

The Federal Minister said the PML-N government had added around 10,000 MW electricity to national grid in last four years as compared to 16,000 MW which were added in the last 66 years.

He said that the national industrial development wheel was successfully moving ahead towards the goal of the industrial stability as well.

He said the PML-N government had completed a record number of social welfare and human development projects across the country.

Ahsan Iqbal termed the development of infrastructure from Gilgit to Gwadar an important milestone in the history of the country.

The Minister added that 5.3 per cent GDP growth had been achieved.

He said that the project of Kachhi Canal had also been initiated in Dera Bugti which would provide water to around 72,000 acres of land.

Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project would change the destiny of Pakistan, as the two countries were taking ahead the project to its next stages successfully.

The minister said the issue of the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat was undisputed and the nation should not be divided on this issue.

Interior Minister added that today the world was focusing eyes on Pakistan besides terming it as an ideal country for foreign investment.

He said that NADRA had played key role in elimination of terrorism and terrorists in Pakistan.

Earlier, Interior Minister Prof. Ahsan Iqbal launched the advanced One Window Operation services for 1.7 million population of Narowal district at the newly established NADRA center in Narowal.

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