RAWALPINDI:(APS)September 22, 2016-President Mamnoon Hussain says resolution of Kashmir issue is essential for durable peace in the region.
He was addressing an international conference on ‘peace and security in South and Central Asia’ organized by Fatima Jinnah University Rawalpindi on Thursday.
The President said a peaceful atmosphere in the region can be created by accepting the right to self-determination of Kashmiris with open heart. He said in this way resources can be spent on human welfare.
He emphasized that negative attitude should be avoided for speeding up the process of development for South Asia and Central Asia. He said Pakistan is ready to play its role in this regard.
Mamnoon Hussain said to resolve differences and conflicts, the best way is to take sincere steps for confidence building. He said no region can prosper without sincere cooperation of the international community.
He said our region has been badly affected due to terrorist incidents for the last some decades. However, he said Pakistan has countered this menace with full force.
The President said China has signed agreements worth billions of dollars with Pakistan in the shape of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. He pointed out that it is a multi-purpose project which will bring prosperity in all the countries of the region. He said this mega project will create employment opportunities and the country will move forward on the path of progress and development.
He said neighboring countries particularly Central Asian States are taking keen interest in this project and desirous of partnership. He said Pakistan is implementing a comprehensive strategy to include neighboring countries in the journey of development. He said Pakistan is playing a lead role for peace, stability and development of the region because of its geographical location and precious manpower.
President Mamnoon Hussain says consistency of policies is imperative for the development and prosperity of the country.
The President urged the people particularly the youth to supplement Government efforts in completing the mega development projects.
He said resources were wasted in previous eras which created problems. He said there is an element of disappointment in the youth due to problems including law and order, unemployments and other ills. He urged the youth to shun disappointment and pay their attention on education because it is a big source of human development.
He said due to prudent policies adopted by the present Government, Pakistan is progressing. He said law and order situation and country’s financial position have improved due to measures taken by the Government.
The president said international financial institutions and rating agencies have acknowledged and appreciated that direction of Pakistan’s economy is correct as a result of economic reforms carried out by the government. In their view, Pakistan will emerge as an economic power in next ten to fifteen years, if these policies continue.