ISLAMABAD, Sep 4 (APP):Three-member United Arab Emirates (UAE) media delegation visiting Pakistan during an initial briefing session held at Institute of Strategic Studies (ISSI) on Tuesday were curious to know about the newly democratic government’s goals to achieve the target of economic stability and addressing other challenges as per expectations of the masses.
The members of the delegation included Jumana Ali Tamimi (Associate Editor, Gulf News), Mr. David Light (Senior Reporter, Khaleej Times) and Mr. Mostafa Ahmed Khalifa Abu Zaid (Editor, Daily Al Bayan).
The members were briefed by Director General, ISSI, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry during an initial interactive meeting about Pakistan’s relations with different countries, efforts to root out menace of terrorism and the vision of the new government to address different challenges’ being faced by the country.
Briefing the delegation, DG ISSI, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said the newly elected democratic government in Pakistan has expressed its commitment to bring reforms in every sector, fulfilling the expectations of the masses.
For the third time, a democratic government is in power which is pursuing a reform agenda and the people of our country are quite optimistic that good time will come, he said.
Aizaz Chaudhry said economy of Pakistan needs a turn around and the present government has formed a task force to come up with a viable strategy to overcome economic challenges which is one of the biggest challenges faced by the country.
About Pakistan’s relations with different countries, Aizaz Chaudhry explained the delegation that Pakistan has always tried to maintain good relations with all countries.
He said Pakistan has suffered a lot during war on terror both physically and economically and played big role in wiping out terrorism from the country.
To a question about Pak-India tense relations, DG, ISSI told that Kashmir issue is the stumbling block in peaceful relations of Pakistan and India. Whenever the dialogue between two countries starts, some untoward incident occurs and all efforts are wasted, he said.
About the issue of Afghanistan, he said the time has proved that there is no military solution to the Afghanistan issue. All countries must admit that Afghanistan has suffered a lot and its soil should not be used against any country.
He said instability in Afghanistan affect Pakistan. Comprehensive political approach and policy of reconciliation is needed for resolution of Afghanistan issue, he added.
Aizaz Chaudhry also briefed the delegation about Pakistan’s relation with China, United States, Iran and Gulf countries and answered their queries. He said Pakistan is enjoying cordial relation with all these countries but a lot needs to be done to foster its relations.
The delegation has already met the Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage and visited National University of Modern Languages, Lok Virsa Museum.
The delegation will be visiting different historical and cultural heritage sites in Lahore and Karachi as well including the Badshahi Masjid and Quaid Mausoleum.
The basic aim of this visit is to improve bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates and to promote the positive and soft image of Pakistan.
The visit is also aimed at highlighting the development of projects under the umbrella of CPEC and to highlight the efforts and gains made by Pakistan in War against Terrorism as well.
Chairman ISSI, Ambassador (retd) Khalid Mahmood and other officials of ISSI were also present during the briefing.