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Pakistan desires peace, friendship with India

Pakistan desires peace, friendship with India

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan desires peace and friendship with India and asked the government in New Delhi not to endanger stability and development of the region by creating tension.

The president was addressing the inaugural ceremony of “Made in KPK” exhibition organised by the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Pak-China Friendship Centre here on Saturday.

He said that Afghans were brethren of Pakistanis who desired friendship and amity with them with an open heart. Pakistan, he added, had been working sincerely for peace and development in Afghanistan because a peaceful Afghanistan was in its own interest.

Mr Hussain said that some external forces were trying to create a rift in Pak-Afghan ties but Kabul should understand Pakistan’s sincerity.

He emphasised that Pakistan was desirous of peace and security in the region and was keen to have friendly relations with all its neighbours.

The country’s relations with Iran had improved, he said and expressed hope that those with other neighbours would alos improve in future.

President Hussain said there had been no power cuts for industrial sector during the tenure of the incumbent government, adding that small dams would be built in Balochistan for power generation.

Mr Hussain said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would change the fate of the region and Pakistan would emerge as the most important country.

He underlined that there had been no change in the route of the corridor project and those making it controversial were trying to mislead the people.

The president called for forging harmony on national affairs at the political and non-political levels for sustainable progress and cautioned that any rift would waste efforts being made for economic stability and prosperity of people.

Published in Dawn, May 7th, 2017

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