The interim Minister for Information, Barrister Ali Zafar, pinpointed the advantages of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for the international community. He emphasized the role of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and the importance of industrial parks, playing a vital role for the international community to invest in. He also made it clear that there is no link between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and CPEC, and it is implausible to link the two together.
Information Minister Barrister Ali Zafar has urged the international community to participate and benefit from the industrial parks to be set up in Pakistan under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. Addressing a regional seminar in Islamabad on Monday, he pointed out that the multi billion dollar CPEC envisages enormous potential for the regional integration.
The Minister emphatically stated that it is Pakistan’s prerogative to firm up its economic policy. No other country has the right to interfere in it.
He categorically stated there is no connection between the CPEC and the loans of IMF and it is mind boggling that a country is drawing connections between them.
Barrister Ali Zafar said Pakistan has no aggressive designs against any other country. He said we will continue to play role for peace and stability in the world.
The Information Minister stressed that peace and stability in Afghanistan is key to achieve the goal of regional integration.
He said it is a matter of satisfaction that now both Pakistan and Afghanistan are on the same page on matters of peace and security.
Meanwhile, speaking on the occasion, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said China took Road and Belt initiative to increase tangible as well intangible integration. He said Pakistan lies at a strategic location and its centrality is vital for regional initiatives like Economic Cooperation Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Chinese ambassador said Pakistan has proved to be a reliable and trusted partner of China and a responsible state for regional cooperation.
Replying to a question, he said China encourages cooperation between the regional countries. On Pak-India relations, he said Kashmir is one of the oldest disputes and a major stumbling block in the way of normalized relations between the two countries. He appreciated the felicitation call of Indian Prime Minister Modi to PTI Chairman Imran Khan as an encouraging symbol for improving relations between the two neighbors.
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