Dr. Khurram Iqbal ( I.R Expert): The visit of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to Sri Lanka and meeting with newly elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa would help cement the ties between two countries. In the last regime, Pak-Sri Lanka relations were not as strong as they should have been. It is expected that Gotabaya Rajapaksa will restore the strategic depth in Pak-Sri Lanka relations. In past, there were conscious efforts to steer Sri Lanka away from Chinese developmentprojects under OBOR initiative. It was Gotabaya Rajapaksa who brought the Chinese investment in Sri Lanka and he will definitely pave the way for smooth implementation of OBOR initiative. India will be uncomfortable with newly elected Sri Lankan President. The volume of Chinese investment is much higher than India promised to invest in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has supported Pakistan on a numberof issues including Kashmir dispute. Sri Lanka could support Pakistan reconstruct its tourism structure. I am hopeful for the new beginning of Pak-Sri Lanka relations and looking forward for constructive development in this regard.
Kanwal Shauzab (PTI Leader): India has made huge investment in Sri Lanka and previous Sri Lankan governmentwas under the influence of India. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is continuing pro-active foreign policy and focusing on strengthening bilateral relations with South Asian countries. Sri Lanka is earning huge revenue from tourism sector. After combating challenge of terrorism, Sri Lanka is giving prime importance to improve its infrastructure and economic development. It has managed to improve its trade with regional countries. Sri Lanka is the only country that supported Pakistan in bringing back international cricket in the country even Sri Lankan team was the victim of terror attack.
Dr Salma Malik ( I.R Expert):Pakistan and Sri Lanka are two important countries of the South Asian regionthat enjoy cordial and friendly relations. They have also extended cooperation to each other in different sectors. The bilateral relations between the two countries have always been marked by mutual respect,understanding and close cooperation. China has invested heavily in SriLanka under its One Belt One Road initiative that provides Sri Lanka with a uniqueopportunity to fast track its economy along the path to development. SriLanka is the country that has always supported the narrative of Pakistan on anumber of issues.
Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig (Economist): Moody's is among the world’s top credit rating agencies. It is very positive development that the agency has upgraded Pakistan's economic outlook from negative to stable. There is continuous increase in foreign reserves and continuous decrease in trade deficit. All the economic indicators of Pakistan's economy are heading in the right direction. Pakistan Stock Exchange continued with bullish trend as KSE-100 index crossed psychological figure of 40,000 points. All these developments will motivate and attract the foreign investment in the country. The top most priority of the present government is provision of jobs to the young people in order to reduce poverty in the country. There is great potential in Information Technology, Tourism and Housing sectors for youth in Pakistan.
Dr. A.Z Hilali (I.R Expert): The youth of the country is capable and competent to face the challenges. It is the need of the time to find the hidden talent. Wherever the youth is ignored andnot given the opportunities then there are great chances of anarchy. The youth has the ability to drive an economy forward and hence investing in the health,education and safety of young people would improve future productivity andeconomic returns. The involvement of youth in national development is amust. In fact, youth play one of the most important roles in nation building.Young people have bubbling enthusiasm, which has to be channeled in the right direction and manner.
Dr. Talat Wazarat (IR Expert):India is openly violating international laws and even UN resolution. The international community must cut off trade relations with India and impose economic sanctions as well to exert more pressure on India. The situation in Held Kashmir is miserable as there has been acute shortage of food stuff and medicines. Young Kashmiris are being arrested and taken to undisclosed places. Many Kashmiris are martyred. The Human rights organizations and civilized world must wake up and come forward to give Kashmiris their right to self-determination in accordance with UN resolutions.
Dr. Rashed Ahmed Khan (IR Expert):The international community has started raising voices against Indian atrocities in Held Kashmir. Some civilized countries have openly criticized the unilateral decision of Indian government of abrogating article 370. The pressure is mounting on India to immediately lift curfew and bring life in Held Kashmir back to normalcy.
Lt Gen (Retd) Abdul Qayyum (Senator, PML-N): It is unfortunate state that Kashmiris are under lockdown for the last four months. However, as a result of effective diplomatic efforts of the government, the Kashmir issue has been internationalized and parliaments of different countries have discussed Kashmir dispute in their parliamentary proceedings. The foreign minister and Prime Minister should physically visit different capitals in the world to convey the narrative of Pakistan on Kashmir issue and exposed cruel Indian face in front of the world. Our focus should be on economic revival in the country and Kashmir cause. Narendra Modi has to realize that unilateral Indian decision to abrogate article 370 is miscalculated as Kashmir has been declared as a disputed territory in UN resolutions. The United Nations must send neutral fact finding mission to Held valley to figure out what actually is happening there.