Dispatch News Desk
Published Date: May 11, 2018
Pakistan: The National Security Adviser (NSA) Lieutenant General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua has said that both Pakistan and Afghanistan have the potential to become trade and economic hub of the World.
While speaking at a special Seminar titled “Peace- a dividend for development and stability in Afghanistan”, organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in collaboration with the National Security Division of Pakistan at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) in Islamabad on Thursday, Nasser Janjua said that Pakistan and Afghanistan share a lot of opportunities and have common economic future which has the potential to connect to markets of Europe, Africa and rest of Asia.
The adviser said that nobody has ever invested in peace in the region and that Pakistan will support any effort of peace process which would be Afghan lead and Afghan owned.
Nasser Janjua said that peace is a dividend for both Afghanistan and Pakistan, the region and the World. He said that the two Countries being an economic hub will multiply the economies of the World.
Lt. General (retd) Nasser Janjua said that Afghanistan is heart of Asia region and if there is peace in the heart only then there would be prosperity and stability in the region.
“Unfortunately, children of Afghanistan have seen nothing but war since 1979 whereas Pakistan, after Afghanistan, is the most affected Country hit by instability and insurgencies,” he added.
Nasser Janjua said that the people of Pakistan want to see Afghanistan as peaceful, prosperous and stable Country.
The national security adviser further said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is only half of the dream of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Afghanistan is next half of the dream by connecting whole central Asia and Europe.
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The adviser said that Pakistan is the only Country that can multiply the regional economies; and Pakistan needs to work beyond CPEC and connect the whole world. He said that Pakistan has successfully fought the insurgencies and militancy through Zarb-e-Azb and there is dire need to consolidate on this success.