Nawaz says ties with India won’t be derailed

ZHOB: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that relations with India would not be derailed.

Commenting for the first time about the Lahore stopover by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday last, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that he had positive discussions with the Indian prime minister as the two countries could not live together forever under the umbrella of animosity since it was the need of the hour to settle the disputes through negotiations.

“The disputes are to be sorted out in an atmosphere of goodwill and friendship,” he reiterated.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said this while addressing a huge gathering of political parties’ workers and leaders on Wednesday after laying the foundation for the construction of Western carriageway of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The leadership of all the political parties which were having reservations previously about the route joined the prime minister in unveiling the foundation stone as their grievances had been addressed adequately. The leaders who participated in the ceremony included JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, PkMAP leader Mahmood Khan Achakzai, ANP’s Mian Iftikhar Hussain, PML-Q’s Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and NP’s Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, National Security Adviser (NSA) Lieutenant General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, Minister for Safron Lt General (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch and former minister Abbas Khan Afridi.

An upbeat Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that he was grateful to Indian Prime Minister Modi for coming to Lahore to spend a few hours here. He through sagacity and peaceful means and not through belligerence.

About ties with the neighbouring countries, the prime minister reminded that Adviser on National Security (NSA) had held positive meeting with his Indian counterpart in Bangkok to sort out issues, followed by a visit of Indian External Minister.

He recalled that Iran had settled its nuclear dispute through talks and acumen approach. Before the settlement of the issue, it was feared that Iranian facilities could be bombarded any time but sense prevailed. He paid rich tribute to US President Barrack Obama for displaying sagacity in the matter and got the entanglement settled.

The prime minister announced to convert Karachi-Gwader coastal high way into Motorway and instructed the National Highways Authority (NHA) to renovate the highway that had been damaged due to negligence of the previous governments. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif indicated that the government would plan to connect with China through railways that had been linked with northern German port city, Hamburg. He said that a huge amount of Rs200 billion would be spent in the next three to four years in Balochistan for alleviating its backwardness. There was no precedent in the history of Balochistan that construction work on massive road network continued on such a fast track, he added.


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