Continuity of democracy vital to strengthen institutions: Ahsan

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ISLAMABAD, July 13 (APP): Minister for Planning, Development  and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday said continuity of democratic system  was vital to strengthen institutions in the country.

Talking to a private news channel, he lauded the political traditions and institutions in the United Kingdom (UK) and said there was a history  of hundreds of years of rule of law with continuity to attain this position.

On the other hand in Pakistan, he said dictators had ruled the country for more than 35 years and the democratic system had been halted many times. In a situation where martial laws were imposed, how institutions could have
been strengthened in the country, he asked.

Ahsan Iqbal said,”It takes time to strengthen institutions, therefore democracy should be given time.”

He said politics of agitation and sit-ins was a hurdle in the
country’s stability and growth of institutions so constructive politics should be done by all political parties.

He said national resources were looted in the past while the incumbent government had taken a number of steps to utilize sources with care. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif slashed the size of Prime Minister House staff.

The minister said only politicians were easy target of everyone to criticize for corruption while this menace existed in other departments as well.

He said current cabinet consisted of highly qualified, professional and competent members and they were doing well in their areas.