Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Celebrating enviable ties

Courtesy:-  Malik Muhammad Ashraf

Relations between Pakistan and China turned 65 on May 21, 2016. To commemorate the 65th anniversary of their ties in a befitting manner, the two countries have chalked out a weeklong (May 21-to May 28) programme of festivities and cultural activities. And why not celebrate a relationship that over the years has withstood vicissitudes of times, changing regional and global realities, has attained dizzying heights to the mutual advantage of the two, and is poised to remain on the upward curve in the future too.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

CASA-1000: Another PML-N govt milestone

Courtesy:-  S Rahman 

Undeterred by any-justified or unjustified-difficulty coming in the way, Nawaz Sharif government has made it a point to continue taking forward steps in the direction of strengthening the country economically.
It is rather a package of empowerment that Nawaz government is pursuing in all earnest and this package is not only confined to improvement of living standards or economic uplift. It is, instead, a range of activities that are being pursued vigorously at global level to meet deficiencies whatever including the energy deficiency.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Pakistan and China

Courtesy:-  MALIK MUHAMMAD ASHRAF

Celebrating a multi faceted and enduring friendship

The longstanding diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China established on 21 May 1951-in the wake of Mao Tse Tung’s take over – against the wishes of the western countries have withstood the test of time and grown into an enduring, multifaceted, deep-rooted friendship which would perhaps require a new diplomatic phrase to be described. Both the countries are celebrating 65th anniversary of relations between them this year – and rightly so.
This friendship is underpinned by mutual trust and confidence. Close identity of views and mutuality of interests remains the hallmark of the bilateral ties. Despite the fact that Pakistan was a US ally, the development of relations with China has been the corner stone of its foreign policy. It was due to Pakistan’s alliance with US and strong ties with China that enabled it to facilitate the end of China’s isolation by orchestrating rapprochement between China and US.  Pakistan has also been supporting China on all issues of importance to the latter, especially those related to the question of China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet and other sensitive matters such as human rights. The Chinese leaders do appreciate Pakistan’s steadfast and unqualified support on issues of Chinese concern.

“Infrastructure is the most important ingredient in kick starting the process of sustained economic growth in any country. Most of the Asian countries do not have the basic infrastructure to further their economic ambitions and they also lack the necessary resources to develop it.”