Nafees Zakaria asks international community to act for peace in South Asia


Nation special report

LONDON: Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, has urged the international community to realise the sensitivity and tense situation in South Asia where the world want to invest huge amount in various projects. “South Asia is full of natural resources and ample potential opportunities for the profitable foreign investment and a number of essential projects are available for this purpose”, he added.

Nafees Zakaria said this while addressing a reception hosted in his honour by the UK-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry here at Fredos (Manor Park) on Monday evening. He said that Pakistan is acquainting all countries that South Asia provides good opportunities for their investment but these countries should also realise the fact that this particular area of the world is also suffering from local conflict which is dangerous not only for the regional peace but also international peace, cohesion and stability.

“The international community, for their own stake as well, should act to ease the tensed condition and Pakistan is ready to play its pivotal part to achieve the desired goals”, Nafees Zakaria emphasised.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered a number of times the proposal of holding dialogue to India and now the ball is in New Delhi’s court. “Indian leadership should show the statement-ship and should come on table to resolve all issues particularly the Kashmir imbroglio amicably”, he said.

Pakistan’s envoy said that his country offers its natural resources, investment opportunities to the world. Realising its potential capabilities, a number of Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey and other countries are bringing huge investment into Pakistan. CPEC project has already showed its significance and this huge and unprecedented project is attracting various countries to show their interest in investment.

“South Asia’s vision has moved towards South Asia since ample opportunities of investment and growth have changed the perception of these countries. So the world should realise the geographical strategic position of this region and should work to end the ongoing confrontation between these two countries [India and Pakistan] and establish the durable and long lasting peace”, Nafees Zakaria vowed.

Nafees Zakaria, one of the most experienced and dedicated diplomat, offered PHC’s services to UKPCCI and other entrepreneurs who are interested in investing in Pakistan and said that tourism is very profitable field in Pakistan to invest and government is giving incentives of various nature. “Pak businessmen and investors can avail ample opportunities following the Brexit and Pak Government would fully support them”, he assured.

Earlier, UKPCCI office bearers Amjad Khan, Mian Waheedur Rehman and Asad Shah welcomed the Pakistan High Commissioner and briefed him about the agenda and future strategy of the Chamber to boost Pak-UK trade and investment.

At the occasion, The Nation, Ausaf, Dunya, 92 TV, Aaj Tak, ARY and Geo/Jang was enlisted as the honorary members of the Chamber and presented their representatives the certificate in this regard.

Pak Deputy High Commissioner Mohammad Ayub, Commercial Attache Mohammad Shoaib, Chamber’s directors, Sardar Shafqat Khan, Sajid Khan, M. Rashid, Shahid Mirza, Shahid Akhtar, Tahira Butt, Fariha Quddus, Mr. Ehsan, Abdul Shakoor, Miss Ayesha and other members attended the event.