ISLAMABAD, Jan 22 (APP):Economists on Tuesday hailed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Qatar, as a “very significant step” in strengthening bilateral relations.

A Senior Economist Mirza Ikhtyar Baig talking to Radio Current Affair Programme said, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Qatar seems to be very significant in the current economic and political scenario of the country.
It is an extension of the prime minister’s visits to Saudi Arabia and UAE to overcome economic crises in the country, said, adding, the Qatar visit will bring fruitful benefits for Pakistan’s economy.
He further said Qatar was the largest exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the world and Pakistan may request to avail the provision of DEFT payment for LNG import.
Mirza Ikhtiyar explained that there was Pakistani community working in Qatar and they were playing a significant role in improving the country’s economy.
Qatar has also lauded Pakistan’s participation in the field of defence and security especially pertaining to the FIFA World Cup, he mentioned.
It is an opportunity for Pakistan to strengthen economy and energy ties with Qatar, he added.
Economist Dr Noor Fatima adds, it is appreciable that the incumbent government is displaying an effective and proactive foreign policy.
Pakistan enjoys cordial relations with Qatar and we have great potential to cooperate in the fields of economy, energy and regional peace, she said.
Dr Noor Fatima said, the Qatari businessmen could contribute in Pakistan’s economy through investments.
Qatar has played appreciable role in Afghan reconciliation process, adding that Pakistan and Qatar can work together for regional peace.
The Pakistani community working in Qatar was an asset for Pakistan, because we need inflow of foreign reserves to improve economy without going to International Monetary Fund (IMF), she concluded.