Islamabad: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in his first foreign policy directives has ordered continued focus on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), greater emphasis on economic diplomacy and continued diplomatic and political and moral support for freedom struggle in India-held Kashmir.
According to the statement issue by the PM office, he gave the directives while receiving the first briefing on foreign policy given by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua. Newly appointed Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif was also present during the briefing.
Experts says that Prime Minister was giving extra attention to Pakistan’s foreign affairs, which is clearly visible by appointing a full time foreign minister.
Prime Minister even before finalising his cabinet, he met Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong. During his meeting , the Chinese ambassador conveyed Beijing’s satisfaction over “smooth transition” and assured continued support for Pakistan’s development.
“Prime minister reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of people of Indian-occupied Kashmir for their right of self-determination. He directed continued projection of grave human rights violations in IoK by the Indian occupation forces.”
The prime minister ordered continuity of policy on economic diplomacy, which his predecessor emphasised a lot, but little was then achieved because of continuing challenges at home. Mr Sharif had in one of his initial policy directions said his government’s foreign policy would be driven by economic considerations.
Underscoring the importance of economic diplomacy, the Prime Minister said it would help Pakistan achieve its true economic potentials through win-win partnerships with other countries.
The prime minister said the CPEC would continue unaffected and he would personally supervise the implementation of the corridor projects.