CASA-1000 pro­ject to fur­ther boost Pak-Tajik ties, says Pres­i­dent

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain said that Pak­istan is look­ing for­ward to the open­ing cer­e­mony of the CASA-1000 pro­ject in May 2016 not­ing with ap­pre­ci­a­tion that a com­mit­tee has been formed to pre­pare pre­lim­i­nary re­port for ad­di­tional 1000-1200 MW elec­tric­ity from Ta­jik­istan to Pak­istan out­side CASA-1000. The Pres­i­dent stated that the CASA-1000 pro­ject will be a mile­stone in boost­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

The Pres­i­dent said this while talk­ing to the Ta­jik­istan Par­lia­men­tary del­e­ga­tion headed by Chair­man Ma­jlisi Namoyandagon of Ta­jik­istan Mr. Zuhurov Shukur­jon which called on him at the Ai­wan-e-Sadr, Is­lam­abad on Wed­nes­day.

Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain said that Pak­istan and Ta­jik­istan en­joy ex­cel­lent re­la­tions which are deeply rooted in com­mon his­tory, re­li­gion and cul­ture. The Pres­i­dent fur­ther said that ex­change of par­lia­men­tary, busi­ness and cul­tural del­e­ga­tions would fur­ther so­lid­ify re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries and in­crease peo­ple to peo­ple con­tact.

The Pres­i­dent called for mak­ing con­certed ef­forts for fur­ther en­hanc­ing bi­lat­eral trade be­tween the two coun­tries com­men­su­rate to their po­ten­tial and in­crease the vol­ume of bi­lat­eral trade to US $500 mil­lion as al­ready agreed upon be­tween the two coun­tries. The Pres­i­dent said that the two broth­erly coun­tries need to en­hance their co­op­er­a­tion in the de­fence sec­tor and sug­gested that the Tajik mil­i­tary of­fi­cers may avail train­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Pak­istan.

The Pres­i­dent said that Pak­istan has been the worst vic­tim of ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism and has ren­dered great sac­ri­fices in fight­ing this men­ace. The Pres­i­dent cat­e­gor­i­cally stated that op­er­a­tion Zarb-e-Azb will con­tinue till elim­i­na­tion of all ter­ror­ists. Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain urged for unity and co­op­er­a­tion amongst the Mus­lim coun­tries for col­lec­tive ef­forts to re­move mis­per­cep­tions about the Mus­lims in the West and to pro­ject the Mus­lims as a peace lov­ing and en­light­ened peo­ple.

The Pres­i­dent stressed that peace in Afghanistan is nec­es­sary for peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in Pak­istan and the re­gion. Pres­i­dent Mam­noon stated that Pak­istan is try­ing its ut­most to fa­cil­i­tate rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in Afghanistan through the Quadri­lat­eral Co­or­di­na­tion Group com­pris­ing of Afghanistan, Pak­istan, China and the United States.

He added that Pak­istan is sin­cerely pur­su­ing the vi­sion of a peace­ful neigh­bor­hood and de­sires to have friendly re­la­tions with all its neigh­bors in­clud­ing In­dia. The Pres­i­dent em­pha­sized that res­o­lu­tion of the Jammu & Kash­mir is­sue is es­sen­tial for im­prove­ment in ties with In­dia.

Chair­man Ma­jlisi Namoyandagon of Ta­jik­istan Mr. Zuhurov Shukur­jon thanked the Pres­i­dent for the warm wel­come and hos­pi­tal­ity ex­tended dur­ing their visit to Pak­istan and hoped that bi­lat­eral ties would reach new heights through mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion. The Chair­man Ma­jlisi Namoyandagon ex­pressed his coun­try's keen de­sire for link­ages with China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) and said that projects are al­ready un­der­way for rail and road con­nec­tiv­ity with the CPEC.

Mr. Zuhurov Shukur­jon ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion on be­half of the Pres­i­dent of Ta­jik­istan to Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain to visit Ta­jik­istan at his ear­li­est con­ve­nience.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain said that Pak­istan has suf­fered heav­ily due to the con­flict in Afghanistan and there is a need to un­der­take re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties on a large scale to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion in Pak­istan. In this re­gard the ef­forts of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Red Cross (IFRC) and Pak­istan Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (PRCS) are com­mend­able.

The Pres­i­dent said this while talk­ing to a del­e­ga­tion of IFRC headed by Chair­man Pak­istan Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (PRCS) Dr. Saeed Elahi called on him at the Ai­wan-e-Sadr on Wed­nes­day. The del­e­ga­tion com­prised of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from ten coun­tries in­clud­ing Amer­ica, United King­dom, Ger­many, Nor­way and Iran.

The Pres­i­dent ad­mired the hu­man­i­tar­ian and noble work of IFRC and PRCS in the ser­vice of the needy peo­ple and wel­comed co­op­er­a­tion from the friendly coun­tries and IFRC in dif­fer­ent wel­fare projects in Pak­istan. The Pres­i­dent as­sured of his fullest co­op­er­a­tion in en­abling the IFRC and PRCS in their cause to help the suf­fer­ing peo­ple in the coun­try.

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