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Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

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.

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