CPEC changed Pakistan’s global narrative: Ahsan Iqbal

( BY: Ijaz Hashmi )  CPEC changed Pakistan’s global narrative: Ahsan Iqbal
Planning Minister urges CPEC presents Pakistan with a historical opportunity to uplift the country’s status as the hub of economic activity.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal has urged the youth to prepare themselves to benefit from the opportunities offered by China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Addressing a seminar titled “CPEC Myths and Realities “at FAST University in Islamabad on Thursday, he asked the youth to play a constructive role in transforming the economy to a modern industrial one by value addition.

Ahsan Iqbal said that CPEC presents Pakistan with a historical opportunity to uplift the country’s status as the hub of economic activity in the region.

The Minister said that Pakistan has achieved an economic growth rate of 5 percent and has been able to create a favorable socio-economic eco system, which enjoys political stability. He said that a favorable ecosystem is attracting the interest of key global investors which are now eying Pakistan as a potential market for investments.

Ahsan Iqbal apprised the audience that China is promoting regional and global connectivity across the Asia Pacific region as part of its One Belt One Road initiative. Similarly, Pakistan’s Vision 2025 focuses on helping Pakistan to leverage its geo-strategic location in order to explore the inherent economic options.

Minister Iqbal noted that CPEC is a fusion of Pakistan’s vision 2025 and China’s Vision of One Built One Road initiative.

He said that CPEC has changed the global narrative about Pakistan. He said that the country which was ranked as the most dangerous country of the world is now recognized as the next emerging economy.

Minister Iqbal noted that CPEC energy projects will result in generation of additional 10000 MW which will be added into National Grid by 2017. Minister Iqbal remarked that increased energy production capacity will help to overcome the prevailing energy crisis.

He categorically rejected claims that coal power plants would create environmental hazards; Pakistan is using super critical modern technology which reduces hazardous emissions. He said that CPEC is the platform of inclusive growth, where 85 thousand jobs will be created for our youngsters.

India stands fully exposed as a state sponsoring, perpetrating terrorism in Pakistan: FO Foreign Office says

(BY : Ijaz Hashmi ) India stands fully exposed as a state sponsoring, perpetrating terrorism in Pakistan: FO
Foreign Office says India stands fully exposed as a state sponsoring and perpetrating terrorism in Pakistan.

At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said that the revelations made by former spokesperson of TTP Ehsansullah Ehsan and the confessional statement of Kulbhushan Yadav are irrefutable proofs against India.

The spokesperson said India is not only sending spies inside Pakistan to perpetrate terrorism but also using the Afghan soil to destabilize the country.

He said the killing of about 13 Indian RAW agents in the mother of all bombs attack in Afghanistan has once again vindicated our claim.

He said Ehsanullah Ehsan in his revelations has mentioned that Jamaat-ul Ahrar is working on Indian agenda to destabilize Pakistan.

Nafees Zakariya said that the international community should take notice of Indian subversive and terrorist activities.

He said Pakistan has raised this issue in the past and it will continue to take up the issue at all the appropriate forums.

Responding to a question, the spokesperson said Kulbhushan Yadav has been tried for espionage according to the law of the land in a transparent manner.

He said Kulbhushan sentence is based on specific evidence as well as his confessional statement that also led to the dismantling of the terror network in the country.

About Indian statements on Balochistan, Nafees Zakariya said these indicate Indian desire and design to carry out subversive activities in Pakistan.

Deploring the Indian atrocities and restrictions on social media in occupied Kashmir, the spokesperson said international community especially the United Nations should stop India from persecution of innocent people in the valley.

About the disappearance of retired Colonel Habib Zahir in Nepal, the spokesperson said our mission in the country is closely looking into the matter.

He maintained that this is a case of entrapment and the involvement of India cannot be ruled in the matter.

To a question, the spokesperson once again made it clear that the Islamic military alliance is not against any country.

He said proper procedure was followed with regards to the appointment of former Army Chief Raheel Sharif as head of the alliance.

Responding to another question, Nafees Zakariya confirmed that a high-level parliamentary delegation will soon visit Afghanistan.

He said such visits are aimed at further strengthening the bilateral relations.