President Mamnoon Hussain has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a historic step forward for the welfare of humanity and development of road, rail, sea and air infrastructure projects by the two countries will link this region, which would transform it into a hub of regional and global trade.
The President said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Beijing Forum Islamabad at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad on Tuesday. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Federal Minister for Defence Production and Science & Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain, Chairman Peking University Council Prof. Zhu Shan Lu, Ambassador of the People Republic of China to Pakistan Sun Weidong and Rector NUST Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Asghar were also present on the occasion.
President Mamnoon expressed satisfaction that Islamabad has been chosen for holding the Beijing Forum’s first ever session outside China. He added that it is a matter of satisfaction that National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) and Peking University have taken the initiative for organizing this event for which both of these eminent institutions and their organizers deserve praise. President Mamnoon said that educational institutions not only lay the foundation for national progress and prosperity but also become a source of transmitting rich traditions and bonds of friendship between nations to coming generations. The President noted that the joint effort by the two leading institutions of Pakistan and China is a step towards achieving this goal adding that such efforts will bear fruit and will benefit not only China and Pakistan but also the entire humanity.
President Mamnoon said that CPEC will not only lead to robust regional connectivity but will also be foundation of the historical “One Belt - One Road” vision of China which will usher in an era of global peace, prosperity and stability. President Mamnoon said that Pak-China relations are a model for the whole world and both the countries have always adopted a common stance at all forums for resolution of international issues, regional peace and stability and have wholeheartedly extended cooperation to the international community for achievement of these objectives.
The President stated that the youth of both the friendly countries will play a leading role in this endeavor as highlighted by the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah that youth are the real architects of the future. President Mamnoon said that in order to achieve the greater goal of the betterment of humanity, the youth need to hone their creative abilities and excel in modern fields of knowledge so that both the countries are ready to lead the contemporary world by being in sync with requirements of the future.
The President warmly welcomed the distinguished guests from People’s Republic of China and other friendly countries on the occasion of holding of Beijing Forum in Islamabad and hoped that their stay here will be pleasant and comfortable.