ISLAMABAD - Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said that comprehensive government policies have put the country on the path of progress.

He was addressing the 24th annual session of Pakistan Engineering Council in Islamabad on Thursday.

Ahsan Iqbal said the global media that once termed Pakistan a safe heaven of terrorists is now terming it Asia`s number one emerging economy. He said the government has focused on all major sectors that enabled the stumbling economy to stand on firm footings. The minister said investment was a day dream few years back but with the concrete measures of government the country has attracted investment worth forty six billion dollars.

He urged the engineers to focus on productivity, quality and innovation in their work.

Ahsan Iqbal said steps have also been taken for infrastructural and social development by executing all important projects. He said engineers must explore opportunities provided by China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

Ahsan Iqbal said it is the hallmark of a democratic government that it has forged together diverse political forces and moved forward in all strata of national development.

He said Balochistan has been merged into the mainstream of national progress and infrastructure projects at Gwadar port will transform the whole province into a regional and international hub.