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Pakistan fastest growing economy, claims Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said Pakistan’s economy had seen noticeable turnaround in the past four years as a result of macroeconomic and structural reform program. "International rating agencies are predicting Pakistan to emerge as one of the fastest growing economies in the world in upcoming years," he said while addressing a conference in Islamabad. Sartaj Aziz said the real GDP growth was 5.3 percent in 2016-17, the highest in the last nine years due to improvements in…

Total investment under CPEC rises to $60b: deputy chairman planning commission

ISLAMABAD: Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said total investment under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had risen to 60 billion dollars. "Pakistan has evolved a liberal investment policy to attract foreign investment in the country. CPEC has become a regional project, which is offering immense investment opportunities," he said while talking to a delegation of Chinese journalists in Islamabad. Read More: CPEC, macroeconomic stability to increase investment in Pakistan: World Bank The…

Pakistan’s foreign policy fully cognizant of emergent realities: Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday said Pakistan has never compromised on its core interests and always responded to the emerging changes in the international environment in line with its national interests. The foreign advisor made the statement as the Senate winded up discussion on a motion moved by thirty senators regarding implication of the statement of the Chairman U.S. Armed Services Committee Senator John McCain in Kabul soon after his visit to Pakistan. Sartaj…

China to support bilateral mechanism between Pakistan and Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Sunday said that a trilateral dialogue process between Pakistan, Afghanistan and China have been agreed at foreign ministers level to discuss all aspects of relations between Islamabad and Kabul with special focus on economic cooperation. Addressing a joint press conference here along with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, he said that a bilateral crisis management mechanism between Afghanistan and Pakistan will also be developed to enable both sides to maintain timely…

Pakistan to remain neutral in Qatar-Gulf rift, says Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday has said that the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General (retd), Raheel Sharif, joined as the head of the Islamic Military Alliance in his personal capacity. Briefing to members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Aziz said that Pakistan would remain neutral by taking neither sides in the recent stand-off between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. “Pakistan will adhere to its non-partisan policy on the Middle East issue, hence it will not…

Sartaj Aziz writes to UNSG against India‘s blatant violation of UN Charter in Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Saturday written a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres elaborating India blatant violation of UN Charter and international covenants and conventions on human rights in Occupied Kashmir. The letter, sent by Pakistan's permanent mission in New York, was circulated by the President of Security Council amongst all member states. In the letter, the advisor said the human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir has been a matter of profound concern for a long…

Pakistan’s case on Kulbhushan Jadhav strong, says Sartaj

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Saturday said that Pakistan had a strong case against the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hear the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav was strong and based on merit. Talking to a group of journalists here, he said when the hearing of Jadhav’s case would start in the ICJ Pakistan would get a chance to highlight and prove the Indian involvement in anti-state activities in Pakistan, including terrorism, terror financing,…

Iran and Afghanistan are not enemies but friendly countries: Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday said that Iran and Afghanistan are not enemies but friendly countries. The advisor while speaking to media said that Pakistan and Iran have agreed to constitute a new border management commission in order to address border related issues. He said that the commission will comprise four members from each side and it will hold the first meeting this month. He pointed out there is not only the issue of extremist elements on Pak-Iran border but also of illegal…

‘Pakistan will not tolerate violation of its border’

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan is pursuing vision of peaceful relations with all its neighbours. Talking to media in Islamabad, he however said that violation of the country's frontiers will not be tolerated and a befitting response will be given in case of any violation. The adviser called for addressing all kind of reservations between Pakistan and Afghanistan through bilateral dialogue. Earlier, speaking at a reception to mark 25th anniversary of Pakistan and…

Pakistan prepares dossier on Indian spy’s involvement in subversive activities

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reportedly prepared a dossier containing more evidence against Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav for his involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi, ARY News reported. Pakistan will send the dossier to the United Nations (UN) and other international institutions. The dossier includes confessional video statement, timeline of his subversive activities, statements of the witnesses, and details of the operations against anti-state elements on information received from Kulbhushan…