Dr. Zahid Anwar Khan (IR Expert): The Pakistan-Afghan relations are vital for regional peace and stability and regional integrations as well. Pakistan gives importance to its relations with Afghanistan. The narrative of Pakistan is clear that the goals of economic prosperity and regional connectivity could not be realized without a stable and prosperous Afghanistan. Pakistan has earlier permitted the landlocked country to carry its trades with India through Wahga border. It is another positive development that Pakistan has also made a decision to open Gwadar port for Afghan trade that will improve the economic relations between the two countries. There is no denying the fact that peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan.
Rahimullah Yousafzai (Expert on Afghan Affairs): Whenever an Afghan ambassador comes to Pakistan, his initial views are anti-Pakistan but after spending time here, the narrative completely changed. The outgoing Afghan Ambassador Atif Mashal was unable to play a vital role in normalizing the situation between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The peace in Afghanistan is not possible without the support of Pakistan. Some elements have been trying to sabotage the intra-Afghan dialogue including India and Daesh that have been playing the role of peace-spoiler. Taliban are big opponent of Indian policies and narratives as India considers Taliban close to Pakistan. However, the success of intra-Afghan dialogue is important for peaceful and stable Afghanistan. The main stakeholders in Afghanistan are keen to ensure the longstanding peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. United States and allies are expected to withdraw from war-torn country till next year as per peace deal between Afghan Taliban and United States.
Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig (Economist): If we see the manifesto of the PTI government and agenda of Prime Minister Imran Khan from the beginning, the focus is the youth as youth are considered as the country's asset. Youth can be indulged in smaller projects. Pakistan is a fast growing in digital market and there is scope in this regard. Already there are 39 million mobile phones and over 68 million internet connections. The government has initiated a number of projects and schemes for the youth. but the issue is the timely implementation of these schemes. There is issue in provisions of loans for youth entrepreneurship in time. The youth are enthusiastic to start their businesses so the government has to take measures to ensure the provision of loans within specified time.
Dr. Shahid Hassan Siddiqui (Economist): Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has given principled go-ahead to the payment of all liabilities associated with the debt of 105 million dollars secured by the Pakistan International Airlines owned Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, New York. The ECC meeting chaired by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh also approved a proposal by the Finance Division to allow the Asian Development Bank to launch Offshore Pakistan Rupee-Linked bonds based on conducive market conditions. Youth have to play an important role in economic development of the country. The ECC also approved a revision in key terms of Prime Minister's Kamyab Jawan Youth Entreneurship Scheme for making the scheme accessible to all Pakistani citizens.