CPEC strengthen Pak’s significance, Sartaj

Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says the government is pursuing a suitable foreign policy with futuristic approach.     

In an interview, he said non-interference, protecting sovereignty and growth of trade and economy are among main objectives of foreign policy.

Sartaj Aziz said with the launching of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor enhanced cooperation with China, Central Asian Republics, the Russian Federation and other countries in diverse fields had gained special importance in the region.

He said progress on regional projects like Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline and Central-Asia South-Asia CASA-1000 has enhanced Pakistan’s position in the region.

He said Pakistan had close and brotherly relations with countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran, while India being a large economy is trying to attract more trade and investment.

To a question, he said India wanted its hegemony in the South Asian region, but Pakistan never accepted her hegemony and continued to protect its sovereignty.

He said Pakistan never backtracked from its stand of having a composite dialogue with India simultaneously on all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir. -Radio Pakistan