China pivotal to Pak foreign policy
DURING a talk at Harvard University, Pakistan’s permanent represen tative to United Nations Maleeha Lodhi expounded on the depth and vitality of China-Pak strategic and historic relations adding friendship with Beijing is cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.
The statement emphatically describes the significance Pakistan attaches to its multifaceted relations with China - the only country in the region with which Pakistan enjoys trouble free relations and which has always stood by Pakistan in vagaries of time and supported it at important world forums including the United Nations much to the annoyance of those who harbour antiPakistan agenda. In recent times, bilateral ties have expanded and diversified from the conventional focus on defence and military cooperation towards a greater economic and investment orientation. Landmark CPEC has further cemented the already strong bonds and made them natural allies. Beijing’s liberal investment worth Rs 46 billion dollars under the corridor project actually surpasses all foreign investments made by it in Pakistan in the past, which also demonstrates that both the ‘Iron Brothers’ share the common vision of peace and progress in the region. In fact, the CPEC has strategic connotations and when implemented will provide a huge boost in transforming Pakistan’s economic landscape by linking south, central and western Asia. It will also provide China access to the Straits of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Thus, this multi billion dollars project is going to further enhance intra-regional independence and bring the two countries further closer. Ground breaking of Havelian-Thakot motorway performed by the Prime Minister in Mansehra on Thursday is yet another manifestation of the importance that China accords to development of Pakistan as ninety percent of the funding for the project will be provided by Exim Bank of China. We are confident that these multi dimensional relations will continue to grow as there is willingness on both sides to take these relations to new heights. These historic relations, however, also itch in the eyes of our enemies and both the countries need to be wary and ready to foil their designs by further promoting their contacts and collaboration in different fields. Our political parties especially those sitting on opposition benches should also demonstrate sagacity and reject any propaganda campaign against any mega project launched in collaboration with Beijing.
THE so-called Islamic State (ISIS or Daish) pose a clear and present danger to the world. Many countries and organizations are engaged in research studies to unearth the weapons supply chain and plug the gap to check the growing menace. Recently a European Union based, research institution named Conflict Armament Research (CAR), undertook a 20month exhaustive study on ISIS weapon supply chain and released its study report.
CAR has revealed that more than 50 companies from 20 different countries are legally supplying ISIS with bomb-making material, which suggests that countries are failing to monitor what they are selling. The shocking aspect is that the study revealed that seven Indian companies are involved in provision of over 700 components used in manufacturing of lEDs by ISIS. India is the second largest supplier of lethal material needed for fabrication of deadly IEDs for the murdering marauders who have created chaos and mayhem.
According to the study, seven Indian companies manufactured most of the detonators, detonating cord and safety fuses. These components are crucial to manufacturing of IEDs and are being legally exported under governmentissued licenses from India to entities in Lebanon and Turkey. The report said that CAR gained access to the components through partners including the US-backed Kurdish YPG in Syria, the Iraqi Federal
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