INDIA DIDN’T RESPOND POSITIVELY TO OUR EFFORTS FOR PEACE: FM QURESHI
ISLAMABAD (Channel 9 News) – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that India did not respond positively to Pakistan’s efforts for peace.
Addressing the Business Leaders Summit in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said that the situation is still tense on the eastern and western borders of Pakistan.
He said that the objective of the PTI government is not to make properties and accounts abroad. “We are hopeful of overcoming the economic challenge,” he said.
The minister said that the topmost priority of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government is to revitalize the national economy. “When Prime Minister Imran Khan assumed the power six months ago, he inherited a lot of challenges, including corruption, flight of capital, and other socio-economic ills, which had to be overcome.”
He said that the PTI economic team, under the leadership of Finance Minister Asad Umar, has taken many steps for economic uplift of the country during the first six months of the government. “The PTI has been elected on the agenda of change and the people will see change by the end of the tenure of the present government.”
The minister said that the government is taking steps to create investment opportunities in the country and these steps have already paid the dividends. “The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is taking keen interest in making investment in different sectors in Pakistan while Qatar also plans to invest in the country’s food processing industry.”
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the government plans to make Pakistan a hub of business and investment in the region.
He thanked the European Foreign Ministers and parliamentarians for supporting Pakistan in securing GSP Plus facility for its exports. “Our government focused on economic diplomacy and to increase bilateral trade as Pakistan is situated at a geo strategic location. We are increasing bilateral trade with Iran, China and other countries of the region,” he maintained.
The minister said that China is Pakistan’s strategic partner and it wants to transform this relationship into an economic partnership. “We are negotiating with China to help Pakistan in the agriculture sector and in establishing economic zones. Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan and the government is facilitating peace process in the country.”