Pakistan, India have
great potential if live as
civilized neighbours: Imran

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RIYADH: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday highlighted the need for improving ties with India, but cheekily said that after Pakistan’s emphatic win against the latter in the T20 World Cup it was “not a good time to talk about improving Pak-India ties”. The prime minister’s remarks come a day after Pakistan made history by defeating India for the first time in a World Cup fixture. The win was Pakistan’s first in 13 World Cup matches (seven in the 50 over World Cup and six in the Twenty20 World Cup) dating back to 1992 in Australia.

Speaking in Riyadh, the premier said that the two countries had only one issue — Indian-occupied Kashmir, and urged for resolving it like “civilised” neighbours.

RIYADH: Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses Saudi-Pakistan Investment Forum in Riyadh on Monday.

“It’s all about human rights and the rights of the people of Kashmir for self-determination as guaranteed by the United Nations Security Council 72 years ago.

“If that right is given to them, we have no other problems. The two countries can live as civilised neighbours […] just imagine the potential.”

He said that India would gain access to Central Asia through Pakistan and in turn the latter would gain access to two huge markets.

“This is what I want to impress upon the Saudi business community, that circumstances never remain the same. They always change.”

He said that the most successful business people are those who look ahead and take risks. “The ones who go on the trodden path never really become outstanding in any field, let alone business.”

Once again highlighting Pakistan’s strategic location, the prime minister said that Saudi businessmen could benefit from what the country has to offer.

He mentioned the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project and the Central Business District project and called for investors to invest in them.

RIYADH: Prime Minister Imran Khan, Saudi Minister of Investment Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Faith and Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi at Saudi-Pakistan Investment Forum in Riyadh on Monday

He also mentioned another project along the River Indus with 300,000 acres of fertile land. He said that water was available, but a canal was required to water the land. “All we need is energy to lift that water in a canal and this whole area becomes cultivable.”

He said that the project had immense opportunities for both the countries.

Concluding his speech, PM Imran said he wanted relations between the two countries to go to another level. “A level that will benefit both the countries.

“The advantages that Pakistan has are different to the advantages Saudi Arabia has. Therefore, if we come together, it will mutually benefit both the countries.”