Pakistan’s adversaries unsettled by its swift development under PM Shehbaz: Tarar

States PML-N-led administration repaired ties with fraternal nations, reinstated nation’s honor in global arena
Emphasizes PM’s visit to China heralded dawn of a new epoch in bilateral relations between two countries

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage and Culture Attaullah Tarar on Monday remarked Pakistan’s accelerated advancement under the leadership of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had confounded its adversaries who were anticipating its economic collapse.

“The disheartened factions are completely unsettled as the prime minister has steered the nation on a trajectory of progress and growth,” Attaullah Tarar stated during a press briefing.
The minister mentioned a so-called leader, while in office in 2018, had detrimentally impacted Pakistan’s relations with the fraternal nations, leading to severe issues on the diplomatic front.
Conversely, the government led by PM Shehbaz Sharif had not only repaired relations with the fraternal nations but also reinstated the nation’s honor in the global arena, he added.
Tarar remarked the prime minister’s historic visit to China was “immensely triumphant”, characterized by an unparalleled level of enthusiasm and mutual cooperation.
Numerous issues, he mentioned, were addressed during the visit, paving the way for a new epoch in the bilateral relations of two nations which had enjoyed exemplary ties for decades.

Their exceptional friendship remained unwavering against all adversities over the years, he added.
The minister remarked the Chinese leadership congratulated Pakistan on securing a seat in the United Nations Security Council and obtaining 182 votes in the 193-member General Assembly. China had played a crucial role in aiding Pakistan in achieving this.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a meeting that lasted over three hours, personally congratulated Prime Minister Shehbaz on the accomplishment, he added.
The prime minister, he said, discussed the revival of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) and the Mainline 1 (ML-1) projects during the meeting. A committee was established to extend the ML-1 from Karachi to Multan and potentially farther, he added.
The minister mentioned a total of 32 B2B agreements were signed among various business enterprises of the two nations.
Moreover, he said, around 500 businesspeople attended a conference where numerous agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) were also signed to boost business cooperation between the two nations.
IT (information technology) exports would be augmented with the prime minister’s visit to China, he noted, adding that China had agreed to train 200,000 IT students.
Creating smart cities was also a topic of discussion during the meetings, the minister pointed out.
Tarar said that training the youth would further boost IT exports by encouraging tech start-ups to contribute positively to the national economy.

He noted Pakistan’s tech companies were competing with their foreign peers and it was the government’s duty to create a conducive environment for them.
“Pakistan-China friendship is in our essence,” he said, commending China for continuously supporting Pakistan, which was being reciprocated similarly.
He remarked the benefits from the upgradation of CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) would be shared by the people of both nations.
He noted Pakistan had already attained economic stability, observed a decrease in price surges with inflation dropping from 18 to 11 percent, and experienced overall economic improvement. The foreign exchange reserves had increased to $14 billion, he added.
Labeling CPEC as Pakistan’s lifeline, he noted the Chinese leadership had pledged to upgrade the flagship project, which was now progressing at a swift pace.
Tarar mentioned the prime minister had assured the Chinese leadership of foolproof security measures for the Chinese personnel working in Pakistan on various projects.

Pakistan’s domestic and external adversaries were determined to damage the bilateral relations of Pakistan and China, which had withstood the test of time for over 70 years, he noted, adding that the nation and its national interests were paramount for the government committed to the welfare and betterment of its populace.
He remarked Pakistan’s honor had been reinstated on the international stage since PM Shehbaz Sharif assumed power. Investors from around the world were signing agreements to invest and conduct business and trade with Pakistan, he added.
He cited that a mobile manufacturing unit in Karachi had recently committed to increasing its production and exports by investing billions of dollars.
It was the dedication and commitment of the nation’s leadership that earned the trust of the business community, he added.
The minister noted the presence of military leadership in the high-level delegation to China demonstrated Pakistan’s commitment and seriousness in addressing the security concerns faced by the Chinese in Pakistan.
PM Shehbaz, he mentioned, had assured the Chinese leadership of a thorough investigation into the Besham Incident and that the culprits would be held accountable. It was reiterated multiple times during the meetings that state-level security would be provided to the Chinese workers, he added.

The minister remarked PM Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad and subsequent address to the Chinese workers in Besham to express solidarity with them was an unprecedented move.
“We will leave no stone unturned to ensure the security of our Chinese brothers,” he asserted.
Tarar commended the security forces, law enforcement agencies, and police for taking bold actions to ensure the security of the Chinese workers in Pakistan.
The minister reiterated the government’s commitment to eradicate terrorism from the nation.
To a query, he noted no one would be allowed to compromise the national interests, while lambasting the actions taken by the previous Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf administration that offended friendly nations.
He mentioned a case involving 190 million pounds was the largest scandal in the nation’s history, which needed thorough investigation.
No clean chit should be given in the cipher case as the Official Secrets Act clearly stated that state secrets could not be shared with anyone, he added.
He dismissed the possibility of the release of the PTI founder who was facing trials in several cases.

“Political stability is intrinsically linked with economic stability,” he noted, pledging strict action against those who would dare to defy the law.
The minister remarked both the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party had made numerous sacrifices but never resorted to attacking the state institutions. The May 9 tragedy was an unforgivable crime, and its perpetrators must face justice, he added.
“Don’t give attention to the rumors as the economy is on the right track and the prime minister’s visit to China will provide a substantial boost to the economy, which will witness significant activity and job creation in the near future,” the minister emphasized.
He highlighted the need to enhance the defamation law in the nation, urging the media to play its role in that regard.
“I would like to express my tribute and gratitude to the overseas Pakistanis who have sent record remittances this time,” he noted.

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