LAHORE - Federal Planning, Development and Reforms Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has confidence in the judiciary and he (the PM) will accept the judgment on Panama leaks.

“When a matter is subjudice, it behoves the politicians neither to interfere in the court proceedings nor to make opinion about the decision,” the minister told the media yesterday.

“Those fond of adventures would themselves be at a loss,” he said in reply to a question on the petitions against the PM.

He was sure that the government would complete its term and the people would hold accountability thought votes in the next election.

"It is not a national service to make the national institutions controversial," Ahsan said, adding that the PPP should understand that the masses don’t want disorder in the country.

Earlier taking part in the discussion held on the topic, "A world of tomorrow seeking inspiration and equilibrium in a new age", the federal minister said that dreams of progress and prosperity could be materialised only through commitment and strong determination.

Stability in the country and continuity of the government policies were essential for ensuring development in the country, he stressed.

According to the minister, the government and people took conscious decision that they want peace. "We want peaceful relations with all neighbouring countries and war cannot bring about progress to a country," he added.

To a question posed by an attendee, Ahsan said:"World of tomorrow is different from the world of yesterday and today."

He added that speed was necessary to bring about prosperity and development and now the time was coming when the fast will lead the slow. The minister said despite of challenges the country had success stories as well and added that the present government had doubled the budget of higher education in three years.

To another question, he said strengthening of institutions was vital to overcome corruption adding, vibrant and robust civil society was necessary for ensuring transparency. “Reform, development and stability should be synchronised it was the crux of the discussion.”

‘A World of Tomorrow’

The second day of A World of Tomorrow - part of Beaconhouse’s School of Tomorrow (SOT) series of events - began with a bang yesterday.

Speaking in a panel discussion, the planning minister reaffirmed his hope for a bright future and mentioned some of the projects the government had initiated as part of its vision for the future.

A huge crowd welcomed the keynote speaker, Fawad Khan, who stressed on the need for the younger generation to experience and understand life by reading and travelling instead of relying on social media, which he called a ‘Virtual Hyde Park.’ Khan also announced that he would be returning to music soon.

Another popular session was one in which FS Ijaz-ud-Din had a candid one-to-one conversation with the former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar in an engaging blend of personal and political. She touched upon topics from Zarb-e-Azab and CPEC to the recent furore over Donald Trump’s opinions and the upcoming American elections.

In response to a question about the weight her surname ‘Khar’ carried, she said that one’s identity should be preserved and worn on one’s sleeve.

Ina session entitled, ‘Language and Identity: Hamari Zuban Hamari Pehchan’ the eminent writer and poet, Amjad Islam Amjad, spoke strongly about the use of Roman characters for writing in Urdu and pleaded to the government to replace English with Urdu in Pakistan as the language of social media.

These were just a few among a host of diverse discussions and debates on topics like entrepreneurship, children’s health, globalisation and the arts, sports, media engagement and safety in schools. There were concurrent sessions at three other venues including a foreign film festival at Beaconhouse-Newlands, a Hackathon at TNS Beaconhouse and the Heritage Awareness Programme workshopat the Beaconhouse Liberty Campus.

The event was attended by a large number of people who participated enthusiastically in the various sessions. Speakers included eminent national and international speakers who spoke passionately about their areas of expertise. The day’s activities concluded with ‘An Evening with Zia Mohyeddin’ who enthralled the audience with his eloquence.

This three-day event will conclude today, and will feature more exciting discussions and activities. The event is free and open to the public.