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isfaction that concerted efforts have led to national consensus on the matter and apprehensions if any should be removed through dialogue.
The President said the schedule of the CPEC clearly shows the project is not of benefit to any particular government, political party or group of politicians but purely a national project. It is responsibility of the nation to remove every internal and external obstacle in the way of its implementation.
The President also recounted the measures and projects launched by the government to address the energy crisis including LNG and electricity import and construction of water reservoirs.
He said the dream of national development would materialize only when there is peace and conducive business environment. He expressed satisfaction that efforts to restore law and order in different areas particularly in FATA, Balochistan and Karachi have produced positive results. He was confident that the objectives of Zarb- e- Azb would be achieved by the end of the year, leading to internal peace and security.
He said the nation needs to fully stand by all law enforcement agencies to completely eliminate terrorism and lawlessness. He said a national monument should be built in memory of all those who have sacrificed their lives in the war against terror.
The President urged the government and the opposition to work in tandem to utilize potential of the youth and women.
Addressing the world community, the President said Pakistan’s foreign policy is based on the principle of peace for development and peaceful neighbourhood.
He said the main cause of tension in the region is Kashmir issue, which is an unfinished agenda of the partition of subcontinent. As long as the issue not resolved in accordance with wishes of Kashmiri people and UN resolutions, the problems of the region will remain unresolved. He also urged India to reciprocate Pakistan’s sincere overtures for dialogue.
President Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan believes that peace and stability in Afghanistan is imperative for peace in the region.
He said Pakistan has special relationship with the Islamic world including Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, other countries of Middle East and Central Asia.
He said a defence cooperation agreement has been recently concluded with Russia and under another agreement, Russia is likely to invest two billion dollars for laying Karachi- Lahore gas pipeline.
He particularly referred to Pakistan’s cordial relations with China, USA and the European Union. He noted with satisfaction that the next SAARC summit will be held in Pakistan in November this year.