PR No. 77 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan desires peace and friendship with India but it should not endanger the stability and development of the region by creating tension.

The President was addressing the Inaugural Ceremony of “Made in KPK” Exhibition organized by Sarhad Chamber of Commerce & Industry at Pak-China Friendship Centre in Islamabad on Saturday. On the occasion, Leader of Businessman Forum, Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour, President Sarhad Chamber of Commerce & Industry Haji Muhammad Afzal and Convener Exhibition Zulfiqar Ali Khan also addressed the ceremony.

The President said that Afghans are our brethren and we desire friendship and amity with them with an open heart. He stated that Pakistan is working sincerely for peace and development in Afghanistan adding that peace in Afghanistan is in our own interest. He said that some external forces try to create rift in Pak-Afghan relations but Afghanistan should understand our sincerity. The President emphasized that Pakistan is desirous of peace and security in the region and is keen to have friendly relations with all its neighbours. He added that relations with Iran have improved and hoped that it will also improve with other neighbours in future.

President Mamnoon Hussain stressed that Pakistan is destined for progress and prosperity and called upon the nation to support the government in timely completion of development projects and reject the elements creating hindrance in development. The President said that there is no load-shedding for industrial sector in the tenure of incumbent government adding that small dams will also be built in Balochistan for electricity generation. He added that sound economic policies of the government have started producing positive results. The President noted with appreciation that there has been no incident of corruption during the past few years.

The President expressed optimism that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will change the fate of the region and Pakistan will emerge as the most important country.  He underlined that that there has been no change in the route of the Corridor and people making it controversial are trying to mislead the people. The President underscored the need for forging harmony on national affairs at political and non-political level for sustainable progress and cautioned that any rift will waste efforts being made for economic stability and prosperity of the people.

President Mamnoon Hussain lauded the brave traders and industrialists of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for standing as bulwark against terrorism and emphasized that forces spreading lawlessness and terrorism will be completely crushed. The President said that people of Pakistan have suffered a lot at the hands of misguided elements as a result of which thousands of innocent people have been martyred,

educational institutions, trade and commerce infrastructure were destroyed. But the traders and industrialists did not lose heart and bravely faced the negative forces and kept the wheel of industry going which have produced positive results. He expressed confidence that industry and commerce of KPK will continue to flourish for prosperity of the people of the province.

The President said that valiant people of KPK have made the region safe for domestic and foreign investment by defeating negative forces. He stated that today’s exhibition has proved that in coming days domestic and foreign investors will look towards this region and invest in various areas including electricity generation and minerals which will not only benefit KPK but also the entire country. He said that media should not let such an impression grow that may create fear among the people particularly the investors. The President also assured of his cooperation in resolving issues of industrialists and entrepreneurs of KPK.