FM invites C’wealth partnership in SEZs under CPEC

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Staff Report

Islamabad

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that Pakistan is focusing its attention on maintaining regional peace and stability.

Addressing the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers’ meeting in London, he pointed out that Pakistan has been hosting millions of Afghan refugees over the last many decades.

Qureshi said Pakistan has registered unprecedented successes in the war on terrorism. We have a National Action Plan to defeat terrorism and extremism.

He said the tribal districts have been brought into the national mainstream by merging them with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is the first time that the tribal districts are being given representation in the provincial assembly.

The Foreign Minister said concrete steps have been taken to check money laundering and terror financing.

He said Pakistani government is pursuing pro investment and pro-business policies. He said Pakistan is an emerging market with a population of about two hundred million people.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project provides a platform for sustainable development. He said Pakistan will welcome Commonwealth’s partnership in the special economic zones (SEZs) to be established under the mega corridor project.

The Foreign Minister said Pakistan is determined to achieve sustainable development goals. He said we have started Ehsaas Program to protect the vulnerable segments of the society. He said the country has also started Sehat Sahulat programme to provide health cover to the deprived segments of the society.

The Foreign Minister said that Pakistan is fully cognizant of the challenge posed by Climate Change and has set the target of planting ten billion trees in five years.

The Foreign Minister also briefed the Commonwealth meeting about the steps taken by Pakistan for protection of rights of women and minorities.

Talking to journalists, the Foreign Minister announced to release commemorative postage stamps on the eve of 71st birth anniversary of Commonwealth, ARY News reported.

FM Qureshi said that Pakistan Post will issue the commemorative stamps on the completion of 70 years of the Commonwealth.

The foreign minister said that the stamps were designed keeping in the view the three aspects of the basic agenda of the Commonwealth. He said that Pakistan’s culture, historical heritage and economy were portrayed on the commemorative stamps.

Earlier on his arrival talking to media at the Heathrow airport, the Foreign Minister said that there is no reality about the video released by PMLN regarding honourable Judge of Accountability Court and it has no significance.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan has no plan to visit Russia and Foreign Office will release details regarding any such plan.