UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan told a joint hearing of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UN General Assembly on Thursday that Islamabad would make every effort to achieve sustained economic growth to set the country on the path to progress and prosperity.

“While planning for future, growth will remain an imperative for our country,“ Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, Chairman of the Senate and leader of Pakistani Parliamentary delegation, said in remarks at the opening session of the annual event devoted to a discussion on the post-2015 development agenda.

Bokhari said it was useful to look back and analyse the failures and achievements of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MGDs), as he drew attention to the situation of countries like Pakistan that faced special situations, circumstances and difficulties while pursuing the development goals.

He said efforts were being stepped in Pakistan that focus on several aspects of development, especially removing of inequality between the rich and poor, avoiding environmental damage and facilitate women’s participation in social, political and economic fields.

Other members of the delegation are Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Ilyas Bilour, Senator Babar Ghauri and MNA Maryam Aurangzeb.