Factual freedom meaningless without economic freedom: CM

LAHORE, Feb 17 (APP):Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif said that factual freedom was meaningless in the absence of economic freedom as no one can command economically strong nations.
He said, “We have to move forward by relying on our own resources and to stand on our feet to  fulfill the goals of establishment of Pakistan and this destination cannot be achieved by tactics but practical hard  work and collective efforts”. Also, we have to make the 21 million people prosperous as per interpretation of the  dream of Quaid-e-Azam and Iqbal”, he added.
The chief minister shared that in order to bring peace and prosperity to the country and to replace despair with happiness, there was a dire need to diminish the gap between the rich and poor.
He expressed these views here on Saturday while addressing
an inauguration ceremony of the book “Governing the Ungovernable”
by former Governor of State Bank Dr. Ishrat Hussain.
Addressing on the occasion, he said that participation
in this book launching ceremony was an honour and matter of
immense pleasure to him. He said that Dr. Ishrat has written
a wonderful book on the situation, issues and challenges faced
by the country as the title of this book was indicating the
challenges.
Furthermore, he added that in 1990s Pakistan was ahead
of many neighbouring countries in terms of economic growth
and South Korea had made progress by adopting our 5-year
development plan.
He said that it was evident that economically strong
nations were respected in the world while weak nations
always get dictation, adding that standard human resource
was necessary to achieve development goals and objectives
can be achieved only through resource development, effective
planning and its implementation.
Effective system of check and balance was needed in
the politicians, bureaucracy and all institutions for the
rapid development and system can be strengthened economically
by opting across the board accountability, he shared.
The chief minister said that undeniably development
process could be expedited by transferring the powers to the
lower level and local bodies institutions can play effective
role in this regard. No heed was paid on the annual audit of
these institutes during the dictatorship era in the past,
he added.
Shehbaz Sharif the Punjab government had also focused
on quality human resources and promoted financial discipline
as well as transparency in the province.
He said that the Punjab government has taken unprecedented
measures to shrink the differences between rich and the poor
by fair distribution of resources. In addition to it, he said
that the government had completed all development projects
including energy projects with transparency and progressive
models have been set up by saving billions of rupees in
development projects.
Addressing the function, former Governor State Bank
Dr. Ishrat Hussain said that Shehbaz Sharif had improved
the system through his good governance and the measures,
taken by him for the development of the province were appreciable.
Dr. Ishrat Hussain said that Shehbaz Sharif’s efforts
against the corruption were commendable and he was a committed
leader as well as reformer who have ensured recruitment of
millions of teachers on merit in Punjab while efficiency
of institutions has been increased through the information
technology.
Dr. Ishrat Hussain also presented his book to CM Shehbaz
Sharif.
Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan,
Provincial Ministers, Member National and provincial
assemblies, Lord Mayor Lahore, Chief Secretary, intellectuals
and education experts were present at the function.