CPEC to make Pak­istan hub of re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity: Mushahid Hus­sain

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ISLAMABAD: Chair­man Se­nate Com­mit­tee on De­fence and Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) Se­na­tor Mushahid Hus­sain Sayed Tues­day said Pak­istan would be­come hub of re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity as CPEC would put it on a cen­tre stage due to new en­ergy in­fras­truc­ture and trade routes.

He was ad­dress­ing an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on “Re­gional Dy­nam­ics and Strate­gic Con­cerns in South Asia” or­gan­ised by Islamabad Pol­icy Re­search In­sti­tute (IPRI) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Hanns Sei­del Foun­da­tion (HSF).

He said there was a shift in global eco­nomic power from the west to the east as China had emerged as an eco­nomic gi­ant and now was not a re­gional power but a global power.

“The 21st cen­tury was an Asian cen­tury and now China fu­eled 30 per­cent of the global eco­nomic growth,” he added.

Mushahid re­marked that CPEC would put Pak­istan on the cen­tre stage of a greater South Asia which in­cluded China, Iran, Afghanistan and Cen­tral Asian states whose economies would be fu­eled by new en­ergy trans­port­ing pipe­lines and ports.

He said Pak­istan had been in the eye of a storm since 1979 when Rus­sia in­ter­vened in Afghanistan and Iran went through a revo­lu­tion.

He noted that Pak­istan had been host­ing the largest refugee pop­u­la­tion – 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple – from Afghanistan for the long­est pe­riod.

Peo­ple of Pak­istan were warm­hearted and wel­comed th­ese refugees and looked af­ter them for decades, he added.

Mushahid said peo­ple of Pak­istan had fought a long war against ter­ror­ism and sac­ri­ficed 70,000 hu­man lives in­clud­ing those of women, chil­dren.

Pak­ista­nis were a re­silient na­tion and now the coun­try was a ro­bust democ­racy with func­tion­ing in­sti­tu­tions, he added.

He said In­dia had failed to sup­press the indige­nous free­dom move­ment of Kash­miris de­spite hav­ing a pres­ence of 700,000 troops in the dis­puted ter­ri­tory.

Ad­mi­ral Dr Jayanath Colom­bage, former chief of Sri Lankan Navy and Di­rec­tor Pathfinder Foun­da­tion, Sri Lanka, in his pa­per as­sessed so­ciopo­lit­i­cal trends in South Asia.

Dr Boris Volkhon­sky, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor, In­sti­tute of Asian and African Stud­ies, Moscow State Univer­sity,

Rus­sia talked about Pak­istan and In­dia’s SCO mem­ber­ship and its im­pact on their fu­ture re­la­tions.

ISLAMABAD: Novem­ber 14 Se­na­tor Mushahid Hus­sain Sayed, Chair­man Se­nate Com­mit­tee on De­fence, Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on CPEC and Pak­istan-China In­sti­tute ad­dress­ing at In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Re­gional Dy­nam­ics and Strate­gic Con­cerns in South Asia or­ga­nized by Islamabad Pol­icy Re­search In­sti­tute (PRI) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Hanns Sei­del Foun­da­tion (HSF).

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