Pak-Turkey ties: Pakistan invites Turkey to join CPEC

Pak-Turkey ties: Pakistan invites Turkey to join CPEC

ANKARA: (APP) Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday said that major developments were being made on cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey.

During an interaction with the newsmen at breakfast here, the prime minister said Pakistan would welcome Turkey to join China Pakistan Economic Corridor as the latter along with Central Asian states could bring about a boost to the CPEC.

"Our future vision focuses on establishing linkages with the Central Asian Republics from Khunjrab to China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan," he said.

The prime minister, who was on three-day official visit here, said during his meeting with Turkish President, wide ranging issues were discussed including Syria, Russia, Daesh, Free Trade Agreement and enhancing economic cooperation.

To a question about the misreporting by media about any blast in Gulberg area of Lahore, the prime minister said that it was extremely positive that discussions against such irresponsible reporting had already started within the media as self-accountability was the best way forward.

He told media that there was a remarkable difference in load shedding comparing the situation in 2013 and 2017. Long power outages have immensely decreased and the industrial sector was being supplied uninterrupted electricity as per their demand.

Prime Minister Sharif said that motorway was built in 1998 and needed repair after 10 years, but unfortunately no one paid heed to it. In 2013, he said the government started work on the project and work on 13 motorways projects was underway that would cost Rs. 1100 billions.

Responding to a query on Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, the prime minister said, "We are well wishers of Afghanistan and want a stable and peaceful Afghanistan. A peaceful Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan and the region."

The prime minister said feasibility work was underway on Peshawar-Kabul motorway while more then 60 percent development work has been completed on Peshawar-Jalalabad Highway.

"We want to contribute towards Afghanistan's development as Afghanistan's stability is important for our own stability," the prime minister remarked.

To another question, he said all political parties and leaders of Pakistan must work together for the well being, progress and development of the country.