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'CPEC, a chance for developed economies to come together'

'CPEC, a chance for developed economies to come together'


There is a great potential for developed economies to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, Pakistan National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said.
Addressing a gathering of Pakistani community members in Doha recently, he said that in the past, Pakistan had missed out on several chances of development but now there is a golden opportunity in the form of CPEC, which is emerging as the connectivity hub between South, Central and Western Asian regions.
Sadiq, who is the 19th Speaker of the National Assembly, stressed that parliamentary diplomacy plays a very important role in bringing countries closer and efforts are made to take the benefit of other nations' experiences in legislation, as well as regional integration.
He added that parliamentary engagements on consistent basis are imperative for facilitating diversification of trade and economic ties. He also reiterated the need to take advantage of economic complementarity of countries by utilizing their affinities in the domain of history, culture and civilization as the bedrocks for regional integration.
On the advice of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, he is making all efforts for unity among the regional and Muslim countries, which would be a key factor for achieving sustainable growth.
Earlier, welcoming the chief guest, Mohammed Idrees Anwar, who was also the host of the event, praised the wisdom, diligence and professionalism of Speaker Sardar Sadiq in the execution of his responsibilities. Sadiq has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since 2002, representing Lahore. He is known to be a soft-spoken and cool-headed politician and belongs to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League(N).
Visiting Pakistani scholar Muhammad Latif Mirza, who is the father of Muhammad Idrees Anwar, spoke on the occasion by referring to the historical perspective of Pakistan's National Day, which is celebrated on March 23. He shared Allama Iqbal's vision with respect to the concept of the two-nation theory, as well as dedication and commitment of Pakistan's founder Quaid-e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who helped create a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent.
PMLN Welfare-Qatar President Rashid Rafiq Butt thanked the Speaker and said there was full cohesion among the Pakistani community in Qatar irrespective of their political, ethnic or social backgrounds.
"We all are standing united under the flag of Pakistan and will continue to enhance the country's image in Qatar," remarked Butt.
A large number of community members attended the event. National Assembly Member Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi and National Assembly Public Relations Director-General Muhammad Anwar Sial were also present on the occasion.

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