Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says a strong and economically developed Pakistan is "an approaching reality" due to effective counter-terrorism measures, internal reforms, and active pursuit of energy and infrastructure projects.           

Speaking at Pakistan Institute of International Affairs in Karachi, he said in the past two years, the country has achieved remarkable success in countering terrorism.

The Advisor said the heroic efforts and sacrifices of Pakistan's armed forces in Zarb-e-Azb supplemented by intelligence based operations around all major urban centres, Madrassah reforms and conviction of terrorists through military courts, have weakened terrorists and extremists.          

He said the resultant improvement in the security situation has brightened the investment climate.

As the energy shortages are overcome, specially for the industrial sector, the growth of the economy has recovered from a low of three percent in the period 2006 to 2012 to about five percent with good prospects of higher growth in the coming years.   

He said this turn around in the Pakistan economy can become a key positive factor in further strengthening Pakistan relations with the Middle East and Africa in the coming years.

Sartaj Aziz said that the most important achievement of the past three years has been a major upgrade in Pakistan's relation with China.        

The flagship connectivity project with China is China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to optimize Pakistan's economic and trade potential.           

Besides CPEC, Pakistan is also actively pursuing various other regional connectivity projects like TAPI, CASA 1000, IP, and Torkham-Jalalabad-Kabul motorway to take further advantage of Pakistan's geostrategic and geo-economic disposition at the crossroads of three regions.

The Advisor said India must face the ground realities and recognize  indigenous nature of the Kashmiri movement and resume meaningful dialogue for ensuring peace and stability in the region.

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