Pakistan, China to ensure CPEC security: Qureshi | The Express Tribune
A day after all attempts by a Chinese official to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project failed, Pakistan’s foreign minister said Islamabad’s firm commitment to protect the multi-billion dollar project .
“CPEC is a game changer for Pakistan. Some powers want to stop the project. [However] Pakistan and China will ensure their security, ”Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said while speaking to people in his hometown of Multan on Saturday.
“Our future as well as the future of the region is tied to the mega project. The government has a firm commitment to protect CPEC. China is also aware of its importance,” he said.
Taking to micro-blogging website Twitter on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao said that any attempt to sabotage the CPEC project would not succeed.
He said, “China appreciates Pakistan’s positive contribution to the international anti-terrorism cause, supporting Pakistan to crack down on terrorist forces.”
“Efforts that aim to sabotage CPEC are doomed to fail,” Lijian had said.
Earlier in Beijing, Lijian expressed similar views during its regular press briefing in Islamabad last week while answering a question regarding a news conference jointly addressed by Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Pakistan army chief spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar. Were done.
At the news conference, Qureshi and Major General Iftikhar unveiled a dossier, containing “irrefutable evidence” of India’s sponsorship of terrorism in Pakistan. Qureshi and Iftikhar had said that India is trying to sabotage CPEC.
A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that any attempt to sabotage the flagship project would not succeed. “I have already given my response to this issue. Any attempt to sabotage CPEC will not succeed.”
He reiterated that the CPEC is an important and pioneering project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and is important not only for the general development of both countries but also for regional connectivity and prosperity.
“We believe that with the support of the international community, China and Pakistan can work together to ensure the success of CPEC,” he said.
On Saturday, Qureshi also criticized the previous PML-N government and said that the country had suffered huge losses for not appointing a full-time foreign minister for a period of four years. The foreign policy of the previous government was very flawed because the country was isolated at the global level.
The Foreign Minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan understands the importance of foreign policy and pays utmost attention to it. “Now, due to successful foreign policy, Pakistan has achieved a high status internationally,” he said.
Regarding PM Imran Khan’s recent visit to Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister said that Pakistan is doing its best to ensure peace in war-torn Afghanistan and stability in the entire region. “Afghanistan’s peace process has entered its final stages as negotiations are ongoing between stakeholders in Afghanistan.”
He said that from day one Pakistan believes that peace in Afghanistan can be restored through dialogue and not through the use of force. “Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeated the same message during his recent visit to Afghanistan,” Qureshi said.
He said that Pakistan would continue to support sustainable peace in Afghanistan. The Foreign Minister said, “We also focused on expanding the range of bilateral relations. In various sessions, he said, both sides have also expressed a desire to enhance trade relations and regional coordination.”
(From APP with ADDITIONAL INPUT)