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Connectivity for Regional Prosperity- ECO officials continue deliberations today to finalize agenda of 13th Summit

Senior officials of Economic Cooperation Organization member countries will continue their deliberations on the second day today to give final shape to agenda of the 13th summit of the organization being held in Islamabad on Wednesday.  Addressing the meeting, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said Pakistan wants a world class infrastructure for speedy movement of goods and people in ECO region. He said China Pakistan Economic Corridor project is a major initiative which will benefit the entire region.

Analysts live on Phone: 

Dr. Salman Shah (Former Finance Minister)

“ECO is a very important organization and its purpose was to establish a free trade zone among member countries. Turkey, Pakistan and Iran played pivotal role in this organization. It will be a huge breakthrough if ECO countries join CPEC. All ECO member countries should take ownership and decide a framework for economic development of the region."

Dr. Shahid Hassan Siddiqui (Economic Expert)

“ECO summit is important for the reason that it is taking place in Pakistan after 22 years. Important countries of Muslim world are part of this organization. This summit will discuss about CPEC and possibilities of ECO countries joining this project. Also, trade, investment and tourism among member countries will come under discussion during this summit."

Dr. Noor Fatima (Economic Expert)

                                                                                                                                                                 

“This summit is taking place at a very significant time. Our hostile neighbor was talking to isolate Pakistan, while our government is working for regional connectivity. The more stakeholders will become part of CPEC, the better it will be for Pakistan and for entire region. It is part of Pakistan’s policy to develop the entire region through CPEC and other projects."

Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad-126 suspects arrested from various parts of country under

At least 126 suspects have been arrested across the country in latest search operations under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. Nineteen suspects have been arrested in Hafizabad and twelve in Kabir-wala. In Khushab, police have arrested fifteen suspects during a search operation in Behl area. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, forty five suspects were arrested during a search operation in Hangu and thirty five including five Afghan nationals from Umerzai area of Charsadda today.

Analyst live on Phone: 

Brig. Retd. Haris Nawaz (Defence Analyst)

“This operation was very much necessary and it should have been started earlier. Its purpose is to eliminate terrorists, their facilitators and supporters from Pakistan. Also, its focus is to thwart terrorists’ efforts to regroup, reorganize and execute their attacks in the country. Federal government and all provincial governments should support this operation with absolute political will."

Host:       Dr. Shoaib


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