ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Thursday said that the five-year tenure of the present government would stand out as the most stable and most productive period in the history of Pakistan. Chairing farewell meeting of the Federal Cabinet here the Prime Minister said the fact that the assemblies completing their constitutionally mandated term augurs well for the future political situation of Pakistan and bring the country closer to stability, vibrancy and following democratic practices.
He congratulated the members of the cabinet, members of the parliament and the entire nation for this sterling achievement. The Premier said the government practiced the politics of conciliation, pragmatism and regard to each other.
Referring to the achievements of the outgoing government, the Prime Minister said that they improved the economy, growth rate went up and the country is moving forward.
The government, he said, also promoted press freedom and freedom of expression. He maintained that the government was proud of creating millions of jobs and as a result of its policies the middle class is expanding and poverty is coming down.
The Prime Minister said defence, nuclear assets and various other defence related facilities are a source of strength for Pakistan. Besides the economic turnaround brought about by the government there were a number of landmarks achieved during the past five years, he said. Local Bodies system was a revolutionary step which gave powers to the elected representatives to formulate the destiny of the people, he added.
While highlighting the salient features of the foreign policy of the government, Shaukat Aziz said that Pakistan today has recognition among all the world bodies and international organizations. “Our relations with all the countries in different regions are reliable and mutually beneficial,” he stated. The Federal Cabinet accorded approval in principle to the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Bill 2007 which aims at providing appropriate legislation for preferential opportunities to the SMEs.-SANA