PESHAWAR: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said that the federal government will utilize all resources for development of human capital, in the country.

While addressing a youth development seminar in Khyber Medical University Peshawar today, he said that some pessimistic elements in the country were trying to paint the country a failed state by putting obstacles in the way of progress, but we have foiled their conspiracies and designs and now Pakistan has opted the way of progress and development.

Ahsan claimed that most crippling problems in the country have been overcome, while the remaining ones including the energy crisis and terrorism will be surmounted soon to make the country Asian tiger.

He said that the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a national project and all federating units including Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir will reap its benefits. “The project will act as an economic bridge to link countries in the region and we should complete it in a congenial and amiable atmosphere without dragging it into controversies.

The federal minister said that work on the western route of the project was under way smoothly and around 13 security officials laid down their lives in providing security to people working various projects on the route.

He said that around $35 billion was being spent by private sector on energy projects while the government has nothing to do with their investment except for facilitating them for setting up projects. The electricity that will be churned out by these projects will be added to the national grid. The minister also said that the Higher Education Commission was working on a project with the Us government to set up a knowledge park in Pakistan. He said that the world only got weapons and ammunitions from the US instead of knowledge but Pakistan was seeking a share in knowledge and education.