ISLAMABAD    -   Prime Minister Sheh­baz Sharif said Tues­day that China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a project which is not only good for Pakistan’s well-being, but for the whole region.

In an interview with The Guardian, he reaf­firmed Pakistan’s close relationship with Chi­na. The prime minis­ter said his government is making every effort to strengthen country’s economy which was ru­ined by the former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He said Imran Khan ran an anti-corruption manifesto of conduct­ing the country’s affairs to suit his own personal agenda. Shehbaz Sharif said the leaked audios are an irrefutable en­dorsement that Imran Khan is the biggest liar who damaged coun­try’s image for his per­sonal interest. Shehbaz Sharif accused the for­mer premier Imran Khan of be­ing the “the biggest liar on the face of the earth” and injecting poison into society to “danger­ously polarise the electorate” after he was toppled from pow­er earlier this year.

Sharif, 70, spoke unsparingly of the “damage” that Khan, the former cricket superstar who ruled Pakistan from 2018, had done to the country in both do­mestic and foreign affairs.

Also, Prime Minister Mu­hammad Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday, while stressing upon the long-standing Pakistan-UK partnership, reiterated Paki­stan’s resolve to further deep­en cooperation across multi­ple sectors, including trade, investment, security, defence, culture and people-to-people linkages.

The prime minister expressed these views during a meet­ing with the Right Honourable (Rt Hon) Angela Reynar, Depu­ty Leader of the British Labour Party, who was accompanied by Lord Wajid Khan, Member of House of Lords, who called on him, the PM Office Media Wing said in a press release. 

The prime minister highlight­ed that Pakistan, despite con­tributing less than one percent of the global carbon emissions, remained one of the countries most affected by the climate change. He also thanked the United Kingdom Government for its £ 16.5 million of human­itarian assistance, provided to Pakistan. The prime minister made special reference to the positive role played by the 1.6 million Pakistani diaspora in forging closer bonds between the peoples of both countries.

The Rt Hon Raynar expressed her sincere condolences on the loss of human lives due to the recent floods in Pakistan. 

Lord Wajid informed the prime minister that British Pa­kistanis were greatly engaged in the relief and rehabilitation ef­forts for fellow Pakistanis, who had been adversely affected by the recent floods. The visiting delegation assured the prime minister of their continued co­operation to garner support for the flood affectees.

Pakistan highly values its ties with EU: PM

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday said that Pakistan greatly valued its relationships with the Eu­ropean Union that were based on shared values and common objectives of peace, prosperity and development. The prime minister appreciated the EU’s assistance in the wake of cli­mate-induced massive floods in Pakistan. 

The prime minister was talking to European Commis­sioner for the Crisis Manage­ment Janez Lenarcic who called on him, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release.

Expressing satisfaction at the high-level engagement between the two sides, the prime min­ister expressed hope that both sides would continue to work together to further enhance their bilateral trade and invest­ment ties, so as to benefit from the GSP Plus Scheme, post 2023.

He also shared the details of the devastation caused by the floods to crops, housing, live­stock and critical infrastructure, as well as death of more than sixteen hundred people. 

The prime minister under­lined that Pakistan while be­ing a most negligible contribu­tor to global carbon emissions, was amongst the most vulner­able countries to the impact of climate change. 

He expressed the hope that the international community would step up its efforts to mit­igate the negative consequenc­es of the floods, through active participation in rehabilitation and reconstruction phase.

Prime minister Sharif also highlighted the efforts under­taken by the government which included humanitarian re­sponse for the people in the af­fected areas and establishing of Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund-2022, for providing relief and rehabilitation to the affect­ees of torrential rains. 

The fund accepted donations/contributions both from domes­tic and international sources.

PM thanks Turkish leader­ship, people for relief support to flood-hit people

Prime Minister Shehbaz Shar­if on Tuesday thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo­gan and the people for sending trains loaded with supplies to the flood-stricken people of Pa­kistan.

The prime minister, in a meet­ing with a Turkish delegation here, said the people of Pakistan greatly appreciated Turkiye’s solidarity with Pakistan during the challenging times.

The delegation comprised Turkish Red Crescent Good­will Ambassador Ismail Hakki Turunc and Turkish Ambassa­dor to Pakistan Mehmet Pacaci.

The prime minister said be it the earthquake of 2005, su­per floods of 2010 and recent floods, Turkiye had always come forward to help the people of Pakistan. He said 50 boats sent by Turkiye for rescue and relief operations had helped relocate hundreds of people stranded in inundated areas of Sindh and Balochistan.