ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, and Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said the federal budget for 2018-19 was a balanced one and it would help boost the country’s economic growth rate.

In a statement, Ahsan said the government had managed to achieve all time high growth rate of 5.8 percent in 13 years.

The minister stated the government had no choice to present a budget of four months as by doing so the country’s economy would have been in the doldrums.

The minister said the government had left a space of Rs 100 billion in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the next government which would implement projects of its own choice.

He expressed his confidence that the Pakistan Muslim League-N would again win next general elections and would follow its economic policies in its next five years term