Pakistan’s trade to boost when peace returns to Afghanistan: Shah Mahmood Qureshi
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday said when peace would return to Afghanistan, Pakistan’s economic activities and trade would boost.
“The moment peace will return to Afghanistan, not just our trade, economic activities and connectivity will benefit from it but Afghanistan’s as well. We long that Afghanistan also get benefit from the Gawadar port and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” Shah Mahmood Qureshi said while addressing media at Noor Khan Airbase.
To a query, he said that the upcoming visit of foreign ministers of China and Afghanistan were very important for Pakistan because of the timing and the topics which would come under discussion with them.
A trilateral talks among Pakistan, China and Afghanistan were going to be held from Saturday (today), which held a paramount importance for the entire region, he said.
FM Qureshi had arrived at the Noor Khan Airbase to celebrate the Pakistan Air Force Day, which is observed every year on this day across the country to pay homage to the martyrs of the PAF who embraced Shahadat in defending the country during the Indo-Pak War of 1965.
A notable event of the war was that Pakistan Air Force flying ace Muhammad Mahmood Alam shot down five planes of Indian Air Force in less than a minute.
On June 22, the foreign minister had said Pakistan remained firmly committed to a peaceful, stable, united, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan.
Addressing the inaugural session of Afghan peace conference titled ‘Lahore Process’ at Bhurbhan in Murree, Shah Mahmood Qureshi had reiterated Pakistan’s unshakable resolve to support peace, stability and long-term prosperity of Afghanistan.
He had said Pakistan supported an Afghanistan that was at peace with itself, and at peace with its neighbours. Pakistan respected the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, he had maintained.
The federal minister had said Pakistan was determined to build bilateral relationship on the principles of non-interference, mutual respect and common interest.