Islamabad: United States’ policies are responsible for instability in south Asia, said Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs advisor here on Monday, urging the Obama administration to analyse its role – and that of its allies – in the region.
Aziz said: “Pakistan’s answer to instability is the strengthening democracy in the country.
“The US created ‘holy warriors’ in our tribal areas during the ‘Afghan Jihad’ and then left them as soon as the war was over, a factor which contributed to decades of instability in Pakistan and the region,” Aziz asserted.
Talking about external threats to the country’s stability, Dawn quoted Aziz as saying that since 2013, Pakistan has been pursuing a policy of non-interference and is not taking part in other nations’ wars.
He said, “We have decided that we are not going to indulge in fighting other countries’ wars now, and this policy is being pursued vigorously by the government.”
In his last State of the Union address, US President Obama warned: “Instability will continue for decades in many parts of the world – in the Middle East, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in parts of central America, Africa and Asia.”
Obama also identified a link between militancy and instability and warned that some unstable regions might become safe havens for terrorists. (IANS)
China’s investment of around $60 billion under CPEC collaboration is expected to bring around 20,000 Chinese to Pakistan
Public and private institutions are establishing links with Chinese counterparts to promote exchanges in higher education and provide research opportunities on both sides of the border
While both countries have traditionally enjoyed close political and defense ties, officials hope the corridor will further cement relations and bring economic prosperity to Pakistan
Islamabad, June 20, 2017:China is investing billions of dollars in extensive roads, railways, special industrial zones and energy infrastructure in Pakistan. The massive collaboration dubbed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, is generating interest among Pakistani students and professionals to learn Mandarin.
Li Xue Mei teaches compulsory Mandarin lessons to around 300 students ranging from grade five to middle school. She is one of the Chinese instructors at the private Roots millennium schools, where more than 7,000 children are learning the language.
“They are good and they are very excited to learn Chinese,” she said.
She adds that writing Chinese language characters is challenging for her students, but they quickly master it. The instructor underscores the urgency of learning Mandarin.
“I think they need to learn more Chinese to learn Chinese culture and they can communicate more and they can cooperate better with Chinese people and they can work better,” she said.
China’s investment of around $60 billion under CPEC collaboration is expected to bring around 20,000 Chinese to Pakistan.
A large number of them have already moved to the country, mostly running private businesses.
Public and private institutions are establishing links with Chinese counterparts to promote exchanges in higher education and provide research opportunities on both sides of the border.
Beijing regards CPEC as “a pilot flagship project” of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a massive trade and connectivity venture aimed at linking China to the rest of Asia, Africa and Europe through both land and maritime routes.
While both countries have traditionally enjoyed close political and defense ties, officials hope the corridor will further cement relations and bring economic prosperity to Pakistan.
“History bears testimony to the fact that this great friendship has stood the test of time. But in the past four years this relationship has crossed new thresholds and culminated in the establishment of CPEC,” said Pakistani Foreign Policy Advisor Sartaj Aziz.
The nearly 3,000-kilometer long corridor China is building in Pakistan will allow its trade convoys to travel along the Karakoram Highway, snaking past snow-capped ranges, down to the deep-water Pakistani port of Gwadar. The freight will then be placed on ships bound for markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. (VOA)
December 7, 2016: Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan President said on Sunday that the Taliban insurgency will not even survive a month if it loses its harbor in neighboring Pakistan.
Ghani made the remarks, at an international conference in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, which is not quite far from Pakistan border.
According to Reuters, “Pakistan said while violence had increased in Afghanistan, blaming another country for it didn’t help.”
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Last year, the highest number of civilian casualties and military-related deaths in the world was suffered in Afghanistan.
“This is unacceptable… Some still provide sanctuary for terrorists. As a Taliban figure said recently, if they had no sanctuary in Pakistan, they wouldn’t last a month,” Ghani said.
Analysts say, “Pakistan has historically backed the Afghan Taliban as a hedge against the influence of arch-rival India, with whom Pakistan has fought three wars, in its backyard.”
Pakistan does not agree to it, rather claims itself to be a victim of terrorism.
Tehrik-i-Taliban is one of the main groups carrying out attacks inside Pakistan. And, they were operating from Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s top foreign-policy adviser, Sartaj Aziz said,” It was true that there had been an upsurge in violence in Afghanistan.”
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“We need to have an objective and holistic view rather blame one country,” he told the conference.
By the conflict in Afghanistan, a number of people have been displaced this year, and it has surpassed half a million people, according to the United Nations reported last month.
Not only Taliban, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks targeting minority Shi’ites in Afghanistan.
Ghani said, calling it an undeclared war in Afghanistan, “I don’t want a blame game, I want clarifications on what is being done to prevent the export of terror.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Regional players had to act against not only the militants but their sponsors. It must be backed by resolute action. Not just against forces of terrorism, but also against those who support, shelter, train and finance them.”
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Indian officials said, “Islamabad has rejected the Indian allegations and said it was ready to hold talks with India on the dispute over Kashmir, but no talks are planned with Aziz while he is in Amritsar.”
Amritsar, December 5, 2016: Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and his delegation, who came to attend the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process conference on Afghanistan’s peace process on Sunday were denied permission to visit the historic Golden Temple here.
Sources here said given that Sunday, December 4, also being Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day, the shrine was crowded.
“Apart from difficulties in ensuring security of VVIPs and VIPs, their (Pakistan delegation’s) visit to Golden Temple today would have caused inconvenience to a large number of devotees,” a source said.
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On Saturday, after the senior officials’ meeting of the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process conference on Afghanistan’s security and economic development, participants visited the Golden Temple after lunch.
On Saturday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also made the trip to the holy shrine with Modi also distributing “langar” to devotees.
The sources said that two rounds of visits to the Golden Temple by VVIPs and VIPs were organised on Saturday.
“The Pakistan delegation’s request for visit to the Golden Temple today was carefully looked into,” a source here said.