Workers in Pakistan. Credit: Curt Carnemark/World Bank

Pakistan’s economy is expected to grow at a rate of 6% by 2020. The country’s prospects are enhanced by 60% of 207 million Pakistanis being under 30, as well as an expanding middle class. However, Pakistan is simultaneously facing vast challenges.

What are the key opportunities for Pakistan’s future? What are the prospects for Pakistan’s youths? How will the country overcome its existing challenges?

HE Dr Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan’s Minister for Interior and Planning, Development and Reform, offered his country’s vision for the future.

HE Dr Ahsan Iqbal was appointed as Pakistan’s Minister for Interior in August 2017 and Minister for Planning, Development and Reform in September 2017. He previously served as Pakistan’s Minister of Planning and Development and the Deputy Chairman of the country’s Planning Commission, and was briefly Minister for Minorities and for Education in 2008. He has been an elected member of Pakistan’s National Assembly since 1993 and is currently the Deputy Secretary General of the Pakistan Muslim League party.

This event was chaired by Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS. It took place in the Trafalgar Room at Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London WC2R 2PG.


Rahul Roy-Chaudhury

Rahul Roy-Chaudhury

Rahul Roy-Chaudhury heads the South Asia programme at the IISS. He publishes on regional security and stability, provides select policy-relevant talks and briefings, and organises several ‘track 1.5’ meetings. These involve top South Asian government and intelligence officials on regional stability, nuclear doctrines and India’s foreign policy.

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Event details

Tuesday 13 February, 9.30–10.30am GMT
Arundel House, London
HE Dr Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Interior; Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Pakistan
Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS

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