ISLAMABAD - The government is committed to promoting higher education in the country as it is the only way forward to earn respectable place for Pakistan in the comity of nations,” said Prof Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform.While addressing as chief guest at Urdu Debate Competition, organised by Federal Government College for Girls, F-7/2, the federal minister remarked, “We need to introduce performance culture in every sphere of our national life because only actions can transform our destiny into a prosperous and developed nation. We should not lend ears to conspiracy theories floated by certain pessimists; rather we should gear ourselves up for better performance through better education, greater hard work, and improving our credentials on honesty and integrity.” He added, “We are free to choose between success and failure. It is up to us whether we choose to excel others through hard work and better productivity or to lag behind by staying idle and inefficient.” Ahsan said, “Rule of law, knowledge, hard work and integrity are the recipes for development of a society. Therefore, we need to focus on improving our national credentials on all these four yardsticks. I am very much confident about the future of our nation, and pin high hopes in the latent potential of its talented population, especially the youth, who is fully capable of steering it out of crises.”This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 29-Jan-2014 here.