Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has expressed the desire to become deputy prime minister.
Addressing a seminar in Karachi the other day, Fawad said the only difference between Pakistan, China, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia is technology. He remarked that in these countries, the minister for science and technology is known as deputy prime minister.
“May our prime minister pay attention to this side but notice has not been taken so far,” he said, as the entire hall echoed with laughter and clapping.
Fawad said that one of the biggest reasons that Pakistan had failed to achieve economic prosperity was that the country seriously lagged behind in technological development.
“Instead of building modern universities, which would promote scientific learning, people in Pakistan are busy investing in madrassas,” he said. “We missed the chances of MIT and Harvard. We cannot make up for the loss by selling tomatoes and potatoes in future.”