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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says development in the country is only possible when there is democracy. He was speaking after inauguration of oil and gas well project Jhandial-one at Jhandial in Attock on Friday. No other force other than democracy can deliver in the country and we will have to work hard to strengthen democracy in the country. Development projects have been completed in all sectors including economy, infrastructure and energy in all parts of the country. During the last four years more than ten thousand megawatt energy has been included in the national grid. One hundred and three discoveries have been made in the oil and gas sector during the last four years. Eight hundred and fifty million cubic feet gas that is 22 percent of the total gas production has been added in the system during the tenure of the present government.

Meanwhile, talking to Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Yury Sentyurin in Islamabad, the Prime Minister said economic outlook of Pakistan has altogether changed in the last four years which is being acknowledged globally. Our Investment Policy has been designed to provide a comprehensive framework for creating conducive business environment for the attraction of foreign direct investment. Pakistan's policy trends have been consistent, with liberalization, de-regulation, privatization, and facilitation being its foremost cornerstone. Pakistan-Russia cooperation in various sectors is a step towards strengthening of bilateral relations. The government is focusing on meeting the country's energy requirements with particular focus on a balanced mix of energy sources. The Prime Minister appreciated the delegation's fruitful interaction with Ministry of Energy. Later, the Prime Minister also witnessed signing of Inter-Governmental agreement between Pakistan and Russia for supply of gas.

Analyst on Telephone:

Asia Naz Tanoli (Leader, PML-N):

 

Pakistan is a democratic country but some elements have been trying to derail the system which is beyond understanding. The PML-N government has initiated a number of development projects in the country. Most of the projects have been completed and the remaining will be completed soon. The energy crisis has been resolved and load-shedding has almost been eliminated. The government is making all out efforts to facilitate the people in the country by utilizing all its resources. The government has done a lot to improve the economy but a lot has yet to be done.

Pakistan's efforts to promote peace in Afghanistan – Pakistan to continue support Afghan owned and Afghan –led peace process

Pakistan has once again made it clear that any expanded Indian role in Afghanistan will not be in the interest of the region. At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Friday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria reminded that India is engaged in using the terrorist outfits against Pakistan. He said we have provided credible evidence in this regard. He said Pakistan has always emphasized for an Afghan owned and Afghan led reconciliation process for the resolution of the conflict. Describing on Thursday's meeting with the US delegation constructive and fruitful, the spokesperson said both the sides have agreed to remain engaged to address the common challenges. He pointed out that terrorists are a common enemy and all the countries need to work together to tackle this menace. Highlighting the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, Nafees Zakaria said that expeditious resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UNSC resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people is imperative. The spokesperson said that silence of international community on Kashmir is a matter of serious concerns.

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr. Zahid Anwar Khan (IR Expert):

 

The United States wants India to play an active role in finding a political solution to the Afghan issue whereas India has always tried to destabilize Afghanistan and the regional peace. There are many Indian consulates along the Durand line. Giving India a role in Afghanistan will definitely add difficulties in the way of peace efforts in the region. India’s goals in Afghanistan are to deny Pakistan strategic depth and the ability to block India from trade and other connections to Central Asia. Pakistan has expressed its concerns to the US officials and has a clear stance that Indian role in Afghanistan will not be in the interest of the region.

Host: Ahmed Latif

Co-host: Shehzad Anwar


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