PM vows CPEC connectivity with SCO six routes

PM vows CPEC connectivity with SCO six routes

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday expressed Pakistan’s support towards Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)’s connectivity initiatives and offered to connect CPEC with SCO’s 6 approved routes which would greatly enhance their vitality to become a conduit for linking Eurasian landmass, China, Russia and Central Asia with the Arabian Sea.
The Prime Minister stated in a meeting with visiting Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Rashid Alimov who called on him at PM Office. This is the first visit of SCO Secretary General after Pakistan’s full membership of SCO.
The Prime Minister thanked Secretary General for his support in steering the process of Pakistan’s membership of SCO and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment towards “Shanghai Spirit” of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development.
Pakistan shares with SCO and its Members, deep rooted historical and cultural links and strong economic and strategic complementarities. Highlighting Pakistan’s active participation in all the SCO activities; the Prime Minister appreciated that SCO has established itself as a significant and influential player in the international arena by leveraging its comparative advantages. Its unique and pragmatic portfolio of economic, trade, development, security and counter terrorism cooperation distinguishes it from the other international organizations.
The Prime Minister also expressed support for various SCO’s initiatives including the establishment of SCO Development Bank, SCO Development Fund, SCO Business Council, SCO Interbank Consortium and SCO’s initiative on Small and Medium Enterprises.
While expressing support for the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) the Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s strong opposition to the three evils of terrorism, extremism and separatism.
The Secretary General appreciated Pakistan’s active participation in all SCO activities. He stated that the inclusion of new members like Pakistan has greatly strengthened SCO which has emerged as a true cross regional and cross continental organization playing a multifaceted role in the world politics.
He said that SCO can enormously benefit from Pakistan’s experience in successful combating of the menace of terrorism, narcotics and drugs as well as its economic strengths and connectivity potentials.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday chaired meeting of the Federal Cabinet at Prime Minister’s Office. The Cabinet approved signing of Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of information between the Committee on Television & Radio of the Government of Public of Tajikistan & Ministry of Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage of Pakistan.
Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of labour and training between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Sultanate of Oman was also approved.
The Cabinet approved singing of arrangements on 1
mutual cooperation in the field of justice administration between the Ministry of Law and Justice of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Tunisia.
The Cabinet approved enforcement of the Costs of Litigation Act, 2017 with effect from 1st March 2018.
The Cabinet also approved a proposal for repatriation of Muhammad Naseem, Judge Banking Court-I Peshawar to Peshawar High Court Peshawar and appointment of Khawaja Wahij-ud-Din, District & Session Judge as Judge Banking Court-I Peshawar, as recommended by Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court.
The Cabinet also approved a proposal to appoint Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi, District & Session Judge, as Judge Special Court (Anti-Terrorism-I) Islamabad.
Proposal for notifying Maximum Retail Price (MRPs) of various drugs as well as reduction in prices of drugs in line with the Drug Pricing Policy was also approved.
Appointment of Dr. Sheikh Akhtar Hussain against the post of Chief Executive Officer, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan for a period of 03 months was approved. The Cabinet directed Ministry of National Health Services to expedite process of appointment of regular CEO of Drug Regulatory Authority.
Approval of appointment of members of Board of Directors of Pakistan State Oil Company Limited (PSOCL) and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) was also accorded.
Approval in principle for legislation in respect of establishment of “Institute of Science and Technology Bahawalpur” was also accorded by the Federal Cabinet.
Discussing the issues being faced by the sugarcane growers, the Federal Cabinet while showing its concern directed the provincial governments to fulfil their responsibility towards ensuring prompt payments, at notified rates, to the farmers by the sugar mills immediately. – NNI