CPEC quintessential connectivity project: FM Qureshi
by Shafqat Ali
Islamabad, March 19 (Gwadar Pro) - Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday afternoon said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was the quintessential connectivity project.
Speaking at the Islamabad Security Dialogue, Foreign Minister Qureshi said CPEC was a hallmark of Pakistan’s all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with Iron Brother China.
“Besides contributing to Pakistan’s economic turnaround, CPEC is poised to contribute to regional prosperity. Pakistan offers the shortest route to international seas to the western parts of China, and to the Central Asian Republics, through the Karachi and Gwadar ports,” he said.
FM said Pakistan’s primary interest lies in sustaining a peaceful, stable and prosperous world order that takes everyone on board and leaves no one behind.
“We call for shedding zero-sum perspectives, and for preferring cooperation over confrontation. Pakistan will remain committed to peaceful co-existence, cooperative multilateralism, and win-win outcomes. We will always support a rules-based and inclusive global order, for advancing the shared objectives of peace, progress and prosperity,” the minister said.
Foreign Minister Qureshi said Pakistani leadership's vision of Naya (new) Pakistan was focused on economic security for the well-being and welfare of the people.
FM said Pakistan was advocating co-existence and win-win cooperation instead of partaking in geo-political competition and rivalries.
Qureshi said Pakistan was calling for inclusive and cooperative approaches based on enhanced economic partnerships. He said Pakistan emerges as the gateway to landlocked Central Asia and Afghanistan.
The FM said: “We envision Pakistan emerging as the gateway to landlocked Central Asia and Afghanistan. We will endeavour to reap peace dividends in Afghanistan in the form of enhanced connectivity with Central Asia.”
In principle, he said, Pakistan was also ready to consider East-West connectivity to help address challenges of poverty and underdevelopment in South Asia.
He said clearly, the world is going through profound transformation. Indeed, this is another pivotal, defining moment in history.
“New security partnerships are being forged. Old alliances are being reinforced and even further fortified. Policies of ‘containment’ are once again ascendant, perhaps sowing the seeds of a New Cold War,” he said.
FM said the misplaced notion of ‘net security provider’ is being applied in our own region, in disregard to the legitimate security interests of others. The cardinal principle of ‘equal and undiminished security for all states’ is being undermined, he added.