ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has emphasized the need for reviving the spirit of Pakistan Movement in order to take forward the country on the path of economic development.

He was addressing a seminar titled Pakistan`s journey to greatness in connection with Independence Day Celebrations organized by News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan at National Broadcasting House in Islamabad on Friday.

Ahsan Iqbal said we are committed with our goal of raising Pakistan to top twenty-five economies under the Vision 2025.

He said dreams turn to realities with determination and optimism. He stressed the need for having a positive outlook and confidence in our abilities instead of blame gaming.

Highlighting the geo strategic significance of Pakistan, Ahsan Iqbal said the country can play the role of a bridge between the regional countries. He said China Pakistan Economic Corridor project is a gift for Pakistan, which will attract more investment from abroad. He once again assured that the multi-billion dollar project will serve all the federating units of the country.

Ahsan Iqbal said notable successes have been achieved in different strata of life during the last three years. He said the foreign exchange reserves have rose to twenty three billion dollars and the growth rate to 4.7 percent.

Ahsan Iqbal said political stability and continuity of policies is a pre-requisite for development.

He said with confidence we have to get Pakistani products a quality brand status.

Speaking on the occasion, member National Assembly Tahira Aurangzeb highlighted the courage and resilience of the women during Pakistan`s struggle for independence.

She said women were active participants at every front during the independence movement.

The seminar was attended by notable speakers from academia, armed forces and media who vows to make the country prosperous with diligence and self-reliance