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CPEC project based upon development, connectivity: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson has said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a development and connectivity project for the betterment of the people in the region and beyond.
In response to a media query regarding US Secretary of Defence James Mattis’ statement on CPEC, the spokesperson Saturday said the international community should focus on human rights violations and heinous crimes committed by Indian occupation forces in Indian occupied Kashmir.
As for the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, efforts were needed to implement UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir that called for ‘a UN supervised plebiscite to enable Kashmiris to exercise their right to self-determination’, a press release quoted the spokesperson as saying.

Govt making all out efforts to uphold parliament’s prestige: Ahsan

SIALKOT :Interior Minister, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said the government was making all out efforts to uphold the prestige of the Parliament and other state departments to ensure national development and prosperity.

He stated this while addressing an important meeting of the local lawyers held at the Narowal District Bar Association on Saturday.

The minister said the government was strengthening durable democracy, democratic system and democratic norms and values in the country by taking all mainstream political parties into confidence over national and international issues.

He said the government was successfully fulfilling all of its  promises including raising the living standard of masses by ensuring provision of all basic facilities to them at their doorsteps.

Ahsan Iqbal said all of us should respect the supremacy of the constitution and parliament as it was our national obligation. He said some external elements wanted to destabilize Pakistan, and in this process, some Pakistani politicians were also involved.