Special Adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi was encountered with a question by a senior journalist Zahid Hussein saying Pakistan has been isolated and foreign policy needs to be renewed.Diplomatic analysts of Pakistan have termed the foreign policy of prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as highly successful as it is focussing on regional connectivity through economic prosperity through Gwadar and other proposed roadways that connects Pshawar to Chabahar .Journalist Hussein asked in a a seminar titled “Is Pakistan Isolated? Regional Challenges and Opportunities’ to which Special Adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Affairs Tari Fatemi responded with disagreement and said the current foreign policy is relevant to the needs at the time.
The seminar titled “Is Pakistan Isolated? Regional Challenges and Opportunities’ was hosted by the Institute for Policy Reforms (IPR).
Hussein said Pakistan has to change its course and gave the examples of India and China, saying the two countries have progressed and that they have focused on their economies.
“The current government has made policies for economic development, but they are yet to be implemented because Pakistan’s foreign policy is driven by national security. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor could be a game changer,” he said.
The journalist compared the economies of Pakistan, China and India and said Pakistan’s economic growth rate has been 3pc for the last 10 years and compared this with that of India the economy of which has been growing by 8pc, while China’s economic growth rate has been 7pc over the same time.
Fatemi said no foreign policy can be called a complete success or failure.“The PML-N’s manifesto said that the foreign policy will focus on the economy. We have tried to have good relations with Afghanistan because we believe there will be no peace in Pakistan until there is peace in Afghanistan,” he said.
He added that a project of building a motorway from Peshawar to Central Asia is underway and that another motorway will be established between Peshawar and Chabahar. He said relations with Iran are also being focused on as the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project is also important.