ISLAMABAD: National Security Advisor Lieutenant General (r) Nasser Khan Janjua has said that Pakistan has great geo-strategic importance and the capacity to improve peace and stability in the region and become a massive trade corridor.
Addressing a conference on Monday, he said that Pakistan is working on regional connectivity, adding that we are investing in peace and cooperating with other countries for economic prosperity of the region. Pakistan can become a paradise for investment.”
The adviser said that Pakistan is a peace loving country and is a strategic partner of the United States, China, Russia, Central Asian Republics and Africa. “Pakistan has huge economic potential, and wants cooperation and not competition and confrontation with others,” he added.
The sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan is well protected, he said and added Pakistan was directly connected to 85.9 percent of the world. Pakistan was a great idea, spirit and indeed a reality, the Advisor said.
Janjua went on to say that in the past years, security of Pakistan was challenged in three areas, including Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Balochistan and Karachi.
He said: “Asia had an important role to play as it had 60 percent of the population, it connected with two continents of Europe and Africa. The Indian Ocean was main route for connectivity of the region.”
“We have been constantly fighting terrorism. We launched Zarb-e-Azab and cleared FATA. An operation was also successfully conducted in Karachi – the economic hub – and peace was restored in the city and life has returned to normal.”
Balochistan was the largest province of Pakistan and it faced numerous waves of insurgency and the root cause was that the province was not integrated into the country and there was a sense of deprivation and people had sentiments of nationalism and separatism, he added.
Nasser said Balochistan could become the industrial and trade corridor of the world. The province had eight common markets with neighbouring countries. NNI