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  • Minister of Interior Ahsan Iqbal has reaffirmed Pakistan's readiness to work with the United States as a partner for achieving peace and security in the region.
  • Addressing a gathering of students, academicians, think tank analysts, and media persons in Washington while Speaking on ‘Pakistan’s efforts in internal and regional security’, the minister covered a wide range of areas, from Pakistan’s counter-terrorism operations to Pakistan’s role in promoting regional peace and stability.
  • Pakistan desires a broader and comprehensive partnership with the United States, beyond security and particularly in the education sector.
  • About China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Ahsan Iqbal said it will not only overhaul Pakistan's transport and energy infrastructure, but also act as a catalyst for regional integration.
  • Implementation of the National Action Plan in conjunction with the sweeping counter-terrorism operations and sacrifices rendered by security forces and people have improved security situation in Pakistan.
  • Meanwhile,Pakistan's Ambassador to United States, Aizaz Chaudhry has said Islamabad greatly values its relations with Washington spanning over seven decades.
  • Adressing a function in Washington, he said Pakistan has reversed the tide of terrorism after rendering tremendous sacrifices in fighting the menace effectively.

Analysts on telephone:

Dr. Hasan Askari Rizvi ( Analyst): “ Pakistan wants to  strengthen relations with the Unites States on security issues. There is need to remove misunderstandings between the two countries.  The US and India sometimes share the same  stance on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This project should not be made controversial and if there are some doubts, then they should be removed.

Topic: Security and Economy are interlinked with each other; we have to continuously ensure a viable balance between economy and security: COAS

  • Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says Pakistan Army has much improved security situation on the internal front and the challenges to the state's writ have been defeated.
  • He was addressing a seminar on Interplay of Economy and Security in Karachi Wednesday under the arrangement of Inter Services Public Relations.
  • He said security and economy are interlinked with each other and we have to continuously ensure a viable balance between economy and security.
  • Only by this way we will arrive at a future that ensures sustained peace and happiness for our people.
  •  About NAP: The Army Chief said we need a comprehensive effort to pursue National Action Plan and remove vulnerabilities well before they turn into threats.
  •  Many of the planned measures will contribute directly to the economic and even political stability of the country.
  •  About India: General Qamar Javed Bajwa said Pakistan has also expressed and demonstrated its genuine desire to have normal and peaceful relations with India
  •  He said Pakistan is a strategically challenged state and external actors are attempting to assert control and dictate our security priorities that have strong linkages with our economic future.
  •  Only by this way we will arrive at a future that ensures sustained peace and happiness for our people.
  •  About NAP: The Army Chief said we need a comprehensive effort to pursue National Action Plan and remove vulnerabilities well before they turn into threats.
  •  Many of the planned measures will contribute directly to the economic and even political stability of the country.
  •  About India: General Qamar Javed Bajwa said Pakistan has also expressed and demonstrated its genuine desire to have normal and peaceful relations with India
  •  He said Pakistan is a strategically challenged state and external actors are attempting to assert control and dictate our security priorities that have strong linkages with our economic future.

Analysts on telephone:

Dr. Saboor Ghaur (Economist): “It is true that economy and security are interlinked and until, unless security situation is improved, economy of the country cannot be strengthened. However, we should depend on our own resources and it is high need of time to generate economic opportunities in the country for development and prosperity”.

Program Incharge: Wasim Ahmad

Program Host: Abid Abbsi

Co-host: Rana Qaisar


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