Mr Xi used his speech to assure Western diplomats that the plan, described as the new Silk Road, was not simply an attempt to promote Chinese influence globally. He was addressing the inaugural session of One Belt and One Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing this morning The Chinese President says the project envisions inclusive and sustainable growth and takes into account development needs of different countries and regions for common prosperity. China will launch Belt and Road cooperation initiative on trade connectivity together with some sixty countries and international organizations. CPEC is a core project of OBOR and aims to connect the neighborhoods of East and West Asia making Pakistan both a conduit and destination for cross-regional investment and trade: Nawaz

Host: Arshad Malik

Analysts on Telephone:

Dr. Manzoor Khan Afridi (Expert on CPEC)

China Pakistan Economic Corridor project is not only beneficial for China and Pakistan but for the entire world. The European representative, President of IMF and the World Bank are also participating in the Belt and Road forum. CPEC will promote inter and intra regional trade among different countries. Pakistan will also have an easy access to international markets that will enhance our exports. One of the aims of OBOR is to promote regional cultures and traditions. China is the second largest economy in the world.

Dr. Hamayun Iqbal Shami (Chairman, Pakistan Economic Forum)

It is the era of economic development and each country is focusing on to improve its trade relations with other countries. China has become a role model for under-developed countries and now the world has started following its economic policies. China is investing its surplus money in development projects. Representatives from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are also there to attend at Belt and Road forum. Pakistan signed a number of agreements with China that will result in positive impact on the economy of our country. The government should target to achieve growth rate of 10%. Prime Minister is accompanied by CMs of all four provinces which is good development.

Mother symbol of love, affection and sacrifice: Marriyum

Mother Day is being observed today with respect and reverence. In a message on the occasion of World Mothers' day Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says mother is the personality for whom words are not sufficient to highlight her importance. Mother is a comprehensive symbol of love, affection and sacrifice. Love with mother is the path to achieve success in this life and hereafter.

Mother’s day

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day. In the United States, celebration of Mother's Day began in the early 20th century. It is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood). 

Asia Naz Tanoli (Leader, PML-N)

Allah Almighty loves a human 70 times more than a mother. It is mother who sacrifices everything just for the sack of her children. We could never express our love and affection for a mother in words. Today in this busy life we have forgotten to give time to our mothers. The mothers are best trainers and an institute for her children.


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