Govt focusing on equitable development of marginalized regions: Khusro Bakhtyar

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtyar has said that the present government was focusing on equitable development of marginalized regions of the country including Balochistan, South Punjab and merged districts of KPK adding that the World Bank can extend cooperation towards this end. The Minister was talking to Country Director, World Bank, Patchamuthu Illangovan who called on him at Islamabad on Tuesday. Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan, Secretary Economic Affairs Division Noor Ahmed, Member Infrastructure Malik Ahmed Khan and senior officials of the Ministry were also present in the meeting. Appreciating the contribution of World Bank in socio-economic development of Pakistan, the Minister said that the government is devising a strategy to uplift the neglected areas of the country. He apprised that the Government will accord priority to development of less developed regions in the upcoming 5 year plan. He said that the international lending institution could extend cooperation in this regard by financing various projects for these regions. Makhdum Khusro said that the Government will allocate resources for intermediate city development programme to develop new urban centres to mitigate migration pressures on big cities as well as expand regional growth centres. Illangovan said that World Bank will continue to contribute to the development of Pakistan. He also gave a presentation on projects financed by the institution in collaboration with the Federal as well as provincial governments.