Senator Sehar Kamran (TI)

seharIslamabad (Jan 10, 2014) Senator Sehar Kamran, member Senate Standing Committee on Defense and Defense Production, Foreign Affairs and President of Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) emphasized on the need to formulate the foreign policy of Pakistan in a rational and pragmatic fashion. She said that Foreign policy should be exclusively based on the national interest rather than political mileages. She was addressing a roundtable seminar on ‘Pakistan China Relations—Challenges and Prospects’ organized by the CPGS here on Friday.

She further added that for establishing good and stable relations with all the major regional and global powers including China, we have to work on the matters of internal stability. Our internal strength and stability will give us confidence that will certainly reflect in our foreign policy, she said.

Senator Mushaid Hussain Syed, Chairman Senate Defense Committee was also present at the occasion. In his keynote address he said that ‘Gwadar port would be test of Pak-China relations.’ While highlighting the certain issues that have hindered a greater fostering of Pak-China economic cooperation he asserted that evolving security situation in Pakistan threatened the Chinese workers. For this he proposed an “industrial security force”, to be deployed on the Pak-China Economic Corridor to protect such industrial interests.

The roundtable seminar was attended by the eminent scholars, diplomats, academicians and foreign policy experts. Prominent among the participants were Ambassador Akram Zaki, former Secretary General Foreign Affairs, Dr. Adil Sultan, Dr. Muhammad Khan, Dr. Tahir Amin, Mr. Fazal Ur Rehman and Professor Zhou from China.

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