DAVOS: The Prime minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that after the passage of worse time Pakistan economy is moving towards stability.
“We have gone through a very tough economic period and people are hurting,” he said. “Now we hope to return to growth.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan made these views while addressing a special session of the World Economic Forum annual meeting on Wednesday.
He reminded the world that Pakistan bears the loss of 100 billion dollars in war against terrorism as Pakistan has no role in 9/11 and he was a strong opponent of becoming part of war after twin tower attack.
“When the Soviet Union left Afghanistan, we were left with the militant groups and drugs coming into the country … it introduced ‘Klashinkolf culture’ in the country,” he said.
He said the armed militias then became impediments to economic growth.
“My government decided that from now onwards, Pakistan would be a partner to peace … we will not become part of any other country’s conflict,” he remarked.
The prime minister said that Pakistan played its part in easing tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran and also between Iran and the United States. “We also played our part for Afghan peace,” he added.
The premier began his speech by talking about his government’s tree plantation campaign, which he said was expanded across the country after seeing its success in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said the government aims to plant 10 billion trees in the next four years to deal with the consequences of climate change.
Prime Minister Imran said forestation was crucial because not only is Pakistan vulnerable to global warming but because pollution has become a “silent killer” in cities across the country.
“Pakistan cannot grow its economy without peace and stability,” the premier said, referring to armed militias and previous conflicts.
He said one of the advantages in Pakistan is its youthful population but regretted that “we have neglected this young population because we have not equipped them to become entrepreneurs.” He noted that the government has now has started a programme for skills development.