PM stress need for timely addressing prevailing challenges



ISLAMABAD, Aug 03 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday emphasized the need for addressing country’s prevailing challenges before they complicate further.
He was addressing the concluding session of the three-day conference of Pakistani envoys, at the Foreign Office.
The Prime Minister said there are issues on which Pakistan has concerns and it expects other countries to take care of them.
He said other countries might also have legitimate concerns and we will have to understand them.
The Prime Minister said peaceful solution to outstanding disputes is imperative for durable peace and prosperity in the region.
He said Pakistan desires peace but this should not be misconstrued as our weakness. He said Pakistan believes in the policy of non interference and respect of sovereignty.
On Pak, China relations, the Prime Minister said ties have been strengthened with the passage of time. “CPEC will prove to be a game changer and guarantee regional peace and prosperity” said the Prime Minister adding that the mega projects we are introducing driven through new vision of relationship. This project carries opportunities for Iran, Afghanistan and the Central Asian States.
Nawaz Sharif urged the ambassadors to introduce positive image of Pakistan to the outside world.  He said responsibility rests with the envoys to introduce Pakistan as emerging markets in the world which is far more strong and stable than in the past.
He said Pakistan has the required infrastructure and offers incentives which are necessary to attract the foreign investment. He said the Ambassadors should take promotion of investment in the country as their mission and it will also be test of their economic diplomacy.
Turning to Kashmir dispute, the Prime Minister said resolution of this lingering dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people is the corner stone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. Today Kashmir is witnessing a new wave of freedom movement.
This movement is running into the bloods of third generation of Kashmiri people and the world has itself seen its intensity in the wake of July 8. He said the Kashmiri youth are writing new chapters of sacrifices to get the right to self-determination.
He said the ambassadors should apprise the world that the Kashmir not an internal matter of India. He said India itself has accepted Kashmir as a disputed territory.
About Afghanistan, he said peace in the country is vital for peace and stability in Pakistan. He said the QCG process should be taken forward adding Pakistan will always support efforts aimed at reviving peace in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan has a clear stance that it will not allow its territory to be used against any other country.
In his welcome address, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan is today more connected with the world than before.
Sartaj Aziz said the objective assessment of three years does not support the view being projected in a section of media that Pakistan is being isolated and its foreign policy lags directions.
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