LAHORE, Aug 13 (APP): Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage, Irfan Siddiqui said on Saturday that Pakistan had achieved several goals of progress during the tenure of incumbent government.
Addressing a seminar to mark the 70th Independence Day held here at Aiwan‑e‑Iqbal, he said that hope and faith were the keys to success, adding that there was a dire need to give faith and hope of future to youth of the country.
He said that Pakistan had become a state under the light of the sayings of Quaid‑e‑Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and there was no doubt in it that Pakistan was made to create a place for the Muslims of sub‑continent where they could practice their religion.
He said that it was unfortunate that 35 precious years of 70 years had been ruined by martial laws in the country but now democratic process was prevailing which was basic of prosperity.
Irfan said that Pakistan had great potential for success but the nation had to work hard for progress.
He claimed that foreign reserves were touching the height of US$ 27 billion, which were just US$ 8 to 9 billion in 2013 when the PML‑N took over the charge.
He urged the opponents of the government to accept and respect the power of vote and right of the nation, which voted the current government.
In his address, former minister for foreign affairs Khursheed Ahmad Kasuri said that Pakistan was making progress in all sectors of life.
On Kashmir issue, he said that India would not be able to hold the present position in Kashmir as Kashmiris’ rights could not be deprived by resorting to atrocities.
Several other intellectuals including Arif Nizami, Oriya
Maqbool Jan, Iftekhar Ahmad, Arshad Ahmad Arif and Sajjad Mir
also spoke on the occaison.