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India no longer our sole focus, no expectation from it: Pakistan parliamentary secy

The 12-member Pakistani delegation also comprised members of provincial assemblies of Pakistan's Punjab, Sind and Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa provinces.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh | Updated: March 11, 2016 6:45 am
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A prominent Member of National Assembly from the ruling party in Pakistan, PML-N, and a federal parliamentary secretary, Muhammed Afzal Khan on Thursday said that India is not the sole focus of Pakistan anymore and that it was time to concentrate on economic revival of the country rather than have any expectations from India.

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Speaking to The Indian Express on the sidelines of a joint conference between legislators and public officials on governance and democracy, Afzal Khan said that if even small issues like Siachen Glacier and Sir Creek cannot be resolved by the two nations then not much can be expected from the relationship.

“It is a hopeless situation. I mean we would not like to continue wasting time. Our politics sustains on the back that we would like to keep the differences alive, we would not like to give them up. But we would not like to waste our time, we have already lost a lot of development indicators and we should try to do an economic revival of Pakistan,” he said.

Afzal Khan, who is also the convenor of National Assembly Parliamentary Friendship Committee Group between Pakistan and China, said that Pakistan bashing is still going on in India. “Not that it is by any design that we don’t like India, it is the hopelessness of the situation and I think that is the tragedy between our two nations. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power we thought that he is a person who would work solely on economy and other things will remain behind…it has not turned out that way,” he said.

Lt General Abdul Qayyum (retd), member of Pakistan’s Senate and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Defence Production, said that initially the attitude of Modi government towards Pakistan was very hostile but situation seems to have improved after the Pathankot attack and both countries have shown maturity.

We need statesmen more than politicians, who will not see petty gains but will focus on long term gains. Why should we be hostage to few radicals, be they on either side. There has to be respect and trust for each other,” said Lt Gen Qayyum. He added that BJP should taken the initiative being in power in India and with Pakistan Army backing the Nawaz government solutions to problems can be found.

Senator Nauman Wazir, an industrialist and a member of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party said that relations between the two countries will only improve when there is enough trade between the two countries. “I have the second largest steel unit in Pakistan and have been visiting India for the last 15 years buying equipment. I make purchases for my steel industry from Mandi Gobindgarh, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. Forget everything, start trade and business. When these relations will develop, other things will change,” he said.

The 12-member Pakistani delegation also comprised members of provincial assemblies of Pakistan’s Punjab, Sind and Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa provinces. The delegation held deliberations at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) over agriculture practices being followed in both countries.

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  1. G
    Mar 10, 2016 at 3:13 pm
    It was stans obsession against India since independence and India centric military stan did not develop. Any form of negativity is detrimental to progress, be it humans or nations. I am glad stan is changing focus.
    1. S
      Mar 10, 2016 at 4:41 pm
      Trade and mutual non-aggression ! This was Vajpayee's vision ! Why was there no foresight from Pak side then ? Why were repeated stab-in-back done ? India lost some opportunities, but Pak lost more . For wounds to heal and getting back to cooperation will take time, provided no other incidents happen . This is a choice Pak will have to make, India will not accept the 'Non-state-actor' argument anymore. The retribution will not be proportional ...
      1. M
        Mar 10, 2016 at 11:41 pm
        You can read the comments and think the intellectual of Indian's how they speak?? Indian can only speak rubbish thats all, they have nothing better to do and then they think they are pious and great nation. This bubble will soon burst. enough said, we see so many smelly Indians in our country UK. They smell like dog. The nation who have taken jobs from us because of their uncontrollable potion. Why you guys shake your head even when you are saying YES? seems like you are saying NO NO...
        1. M
          Mar 10, 2016 at 6:31 pm
          stan is now woking up to the wisedom of bear hug. A stani can not even visit the iron brother's country if she/he is alone and not in group and on invitation. Re: Chinese access to the port a 50 km zone is cleared and a stani is allowed only to guard it and not go near it for any other reason! There will be more staff coming up when the Chinese catch the hyper active Islamic zealots and use them for body parts (like they already are doing with Falon Gong pracioners and Uygurs in China). When they can do the living organ transplant with their own people there is no reason why they would not do the same with Islamic zealots who apparently have more "vigour"! Such are the predicaments when simply out of hate for India, Pak was so keen to look for its "ancestors" in China after doing the failing attempt in Arabia! At least some wisedom now is dawning and that should be appreciated.
          1. R
            Rana Amir
            Mar 11, 2016 at 12:29 am
            PTI Party business man say left every thing behind just look at my business. If my business with India improves I get benefit and w textile industry collapse as India did in Past many yarn factories closed thousand of workers were deprived of from their jobs. No one came front to protect stan textile industry but only the worker and industrialist of textile them selves. Hence wants to sacrifice all stan industry on my business as per PTI Member. IMRAN SHOULD KICK HIM OUT OF HIS PARTY.
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