PM: Pakistan will not become part of any conflict
January 23 2020 12:29 AM
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a session at the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, yesterday.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again categorically stated that Pakistan will not become part of any conflict in future rather will be partner in peace.
Addressing a session on Pakistan Country Strategy Dialogue at World Economic Congress Center in Davos yesterday, he recalled that both the Afghan jihad and the war against terrorism after 9/11 cost Pakistan heavily and inflicted a lot of damage to our society.
PM Khan pointed out that the war on terrorism left our 70,000 people dead but we have now dismantled the terrorist groups.
The prime minister said Pakistan has played its part in trying to avert the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran. He said we are also actively participating to facilitate the Afghan peace process.
“There is a chance of ceasefire in Afghanistan which will help us reach the Central Asian countries through the economic corridor.”
Alluding to the economic situation of Pakistan, the prime minister said the first year remained focused on stabilisation measures which helped us significantly cut the current
account deficit.
This year, he said, we want to grow our economy in order to provide jobs to our youth. He said “we are doing everything possible to attract investment and incentivise the industries.”
Referring to the steps taken to remove hurdles in the way of investment, he said the World Bank has improved our ranking for ease of doing business. “Our foreign investment in one year jumped 200%.”
The prime minister said Pakistan is hoping to attract investments in different sectors including agriculture, minerals and information technology.
Highlighting the tourism potential of Pakistan including its centuries-old civilisation, the prime minister said “our country is one of the most undiscovered countries in the world. “We can strengthen our economy by tapping the true potential of tourism.”
He said several world institutions have declared Pakistan as one of the most exciting tourism destinations. Imran Khan said the tourism doubled in one year as a result of steps taken by the government.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday met Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev in Davos on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to discuss bilateral ties.
During the meeting, PM Imran also acknowledged the efforts of President Aliyev that had resulted in Azerbaijan voicing support for the people of Kashmir at a meeting of a contact group of the Organisation of Islamic
Co-operation last year.
Imran reiterated Pakistan’s continued support for the central Asian country on the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a territorial and ethnic conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts.
The two leaders also discussed the whole spectrum of bilateral relations that have been marked by mutual trust and support. Both leaders resolved to further deepen bilateral relation in all fields.
It was also agreed to maintain frequent bilateral exchanges, including at the highest level. During the meeting, President Aliyev also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Khan to visit his country.
The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to UN at Geneva Ambassador Khalil Hashmi.
Earlier, Prime Minister Khan also met his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the WEF being held in the Swiss city.
According to a tweet shared by the PM Office, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and ways to strengthen economic ties between the two countries in the meeting.
The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Adviser on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood, Permanent Representative to UN at Geneva Ambassador Khalil Hashmi and senior officials.



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