Islamabad: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan praised the country’s courage during different periods of testing in the country’s history, emphasizing the inculcation of “confidence,” which can serve as a beacon of difficult times.
In a speech to officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during his visit, the Prime Minister said that self-confidence is always accompanied by changes.
“When you instill self-belief in yourself as a nation, you can achieve marvels. When the earthquake hit the country (during 2005), the whole nation was mobilized and during floods (of 2010), the nation contributed, which reflected that the nation had the capability to always stood the tests of time,” he added.
The prime minister also referred to his cricket career and the performance of the national cricket team which achieved success when motivated with self-belief.
“The country has a huge talented population of 220 million people along with 9 million overseas Pakistanis who are capable of achieving anything as they have excelled in every field,” he expressed his optimism.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other high officials of the ministry were present on the occasion.
The prime minister also stressed upon a culture of rule of law and meritocracy.
“No country aspires progress sans rule of law,” he said, adding certain Western countries had achieved progress and prosperity despite scant resources, as they had introduced a culture of rule of law.
But on the other hand, because of the lack of the rule of law, resource-rich countries often fall into poverty. He observed that different mafia controls these resources.
He said that people have also helped build cancer hospitals and are still donating money to make up for their losses, because about 10 billion rupees are used to treat the poor.
The Prime Minister praised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its efforts to successfully host the recently concluded special meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad, saying that this was made possible by teamwork.
He also praised law enforcement agencies for making the event a success, making the country proud and having a strong sense of self-confidence.
The Prime Minister also regretted that in the past, the elites occupied space by enjoying all the facilities.
He underscored that they would have to focus to lift the poor segments of society and for this purpose, the whole nation would have to continue this struggle.
Citing the current account deficit, the prime minister said it had increased pressure on rupee. The government had almost overcome the challenge, but the increasing commodity prices at the global level proved as a choking point.
Expressing his resolve, he said, however, it was a temporary phase and the country would overcome it.
“I strongly believe that Pakistan has a great future and the nation will become strong,” he said, recollecting that during 60s, the nation was following that path.
The Prime Minister suggested to officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that they must focus on geo-economics. The ambassadors should make further efforts to attract foreign investment.