CPEC is a game changer project, says Pakistan

CPEC is a game changer project, says Pakistan My Country
CPEC is a game changer project, says Pakistan My Country

CPEC is a game changer project, says Pakistan My Country

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in his maiden address on Monday, termed China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a game changer project.

While addressing to a large gathering of national and international media men, Qureshi further said that the Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing has also been in contact, and there is great stress on infrastructure development. “I would like to discuss the next phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and how to enter into the socio-economic phase.”

“The Chinese ambassador has been in touch with me. There has been  stress on infrastructure, I would like to discuss about the next phase and how to enter into socio-economic phase.”

He insisted that dialogue between India and Pakistan is the only way forward for the two countries.

Addressing the press in Islamabad, Qureshi said, “for peace and stability, our vision is concentrated on uplifting the standard of living of ordinary people through economic reforms and international engagement. Social economic development would be our priority”.

“My second message is for India, we are atomic powers. We are aware of our issues. In my opinion, we have no other solution than dialogue, there might be no other immediate solution, we have to accept realities. Kashmir is an issue, it’s a reality. Both countries have acknowledged it. Unfortunately, former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no more, but we need to hold uninterrupted dialogue,” Qureshi said.

The foreign minister also said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the newly sworn-in PM and has given a positive message of dialogue and added that taking everyone on board will be part of the policy as “we are all united in the interest of the country”.

He also clarified that the foreign policy will be made in the Foreign Office. “My primary policy is Pakistan first,” said the foreign minister and added that adviser to PM Imran on institutional reforms and austerity, Dr Ishrat Hussain, will chair a task force to review civil reforms. “We aren’t above government policy.

The two-time foreign minister said that few ‘forces’ have pushed Pakistan to isolation. “The chief diplomat, the foreign minister, the face of the country, wasn’t appointed for 4.5 years. I would give priority to national consensus with a bipartisan approach.” He further called on the opposition, including former foreign ministers Khawaja Asif and Hina Rabbani Khar to hold dialogue for betterment.

Referring to Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s leadership, the newly sworn-in foreign ministry said: “I will approach and invite them; I would want to benefit from their thoughts. I have to represent Pakistan in UN meetings. I accept opposition.”

The FM added that wherever there is a “trust deficit”, attempts will be made to bridge the differences. Qureshi also plans to meet current Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and seek ‘guidance’ from her. “I intend on calling Afghanistan’s foreign minister and as per his convenience, I intend on visiting Kabul with a positive message. Without Afghanistan’s stability, there can be no stability in Pakistan. We have to start anew,” he said.

“Bureaucrats are not leaders but servants of the people. This is the passion delivered in the PM’s speech yesterday. I wish to see the change in our attitudes,” said the PTI leader while referring to bureaucrats.

“I know there are very competent officers in the foreign office, I will take guidance and advice from them.”

“I am going to attend all the cabinet meetings and will ask for the prime minister’s input in all cases,” Qureshi elaborated.

 “There are 17 diplomats serving Pakistan in several disciplines. We don’t have to make decisions in haste, I would like to asses the performance of the diplomats and their roles,” Qureshi said.

CPEC is a game changer project, says Pakistan My Country