Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Asian Parliamentary Assembly can play a pivotal role in bringing close the Asian countries and speed up efforts for overcoming the challenges faced by the region.
He was addressing the Asian Parliamentary Assembly here on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister said the Asian countries are confronting challenges of peace‚ energy‚ economy and environment and there is need to make joint efforts to overcome these challenges.
He said exchange of the parliamentary delegations and strengthening of standing committees can help the Asian people come closer and work together for their prosperity.
Nawaz Sharif said if Asian countries succeed to utilize their resources in a proper way and maintain their economic growth‚ they can overcome poverty by 2050.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan having geostrategic location is desirous to work the neighbouring countries to give boost to trade and economic activities in the region. He said 3 billion people of the region can benefit from the strategic location of Pakistan.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan wants good relations with its neighbours including India and Afghanistan and desires peace‚ security and stability in the region for ensuring speedy economic growth and welfare of the people.
He said Pakistan is also working on various projects to overcome energy crisis in the region including Pak-Iran gas pipeline and Turkmenistan-Pakistan-India-Afghanistan Gas Pipe Gas and Casa 1000 power projects.
He said Pakistan people want to bring peace not only in the region but also in world which can guarantee prosperity of the whole world.
The Prime Minister said with peaceful democratic power transition‚ Pakistan is now heading towards revival of its economy through a strong parliament.
He said we have been successful to build consensus for fighting terrorism through parliament.
He said the government is also taking concrete measures for revival of economy and overcoming energy crisis.
He said the government is determined to resolve the problems being faced by the people in minimum possible time.