LONDON: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has reiterated his government’s commitment to uproot corruption and regulate the remittances for curbing money laundering.
He stated this while delivering a lecture at Oxford University on important national, regional and international issues here the other day. The lecture was organized by Oxford South Asian Society along with Oxford Pakistan Society. A large number of students from various academic disciplines attended the event. The minister said that the purpose of his visit to Oxford University was to develop linkages with student community and academic institutions as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan about youth. In this regard, the minister said, the government would offer internships to the students from top universities of the world to various academic institutions of Pakistan. The Information Minister on the occasion gave a historical overview of important national and regional developments that shaped up socio-economic and political contours of Pakistan during the last seven decades.
The minister said the conflict in the region had a negative impact on the social fabric and economy of Pakistan, yet Pakistan survived due to its inherent and unparalleled resilience.The minister said that the present government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan was especially focusing on the revival of the national economy. The minister said Pakistan needs to overcome its trade deficit for which the government was embarking upon industrialization by setting up special industrial zones in the country.
Responding to the questions of students, the minister effectively debunked the myths and negativity associated with China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the Western media and termed it a great economic project for the prosperity of the entire region. Fawad Chaudhry said civil and military institutions were working in complete harmony due to which 70 years old paradigm of foreign policy was shifting, and the opening of Kartarpur Corridor was one of its manifestations. The minister stated that understanding between civil and military institutions was imperative for the continuity of policies as “it happens in developed democracies”.
In reply to questions regarding India, Pakistan relations, the minister said the dialogue was the only way forward to resolve all issues with India including Kashmir dispute. The minister hoped that after its upcoming elections, India would seriously consider Pakistan’s offer of dialogue to resolve issues including core Kashmir issue. “Pakistan wants peace within and peace outside. In this regard we are fighting extremism in our country and are willing to play our role in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan”, he remarked. The minister on the occasion shared with the participants that big foreign companies of US, UAE, Saudi Arabia and from other countries have shown keen interest to invest billions of dollars in various sectors of Pakistan’s economy. The minister said, “transparency and rule of law are Prime Minister Imran Khan’s priorities”. Responding to some searching questions of the students about freedom of expression, the minister said Pakistan has the free media and the present government removed all censorship on state media from the very outset.
The minister, however, underlined the need for developing an international regulatory regime to end incitement to violence and hate speech on social media. Regarding rights of overseas Pakistanis, the minister said that the government was working on enhancing the participation of overseas Pakistanis in the economic and political affairs of the country and benefiting from their experience and expertise in various fields. Students on the occasion shared with the minister that one thing for which present government was famous abroad was its resolve to eliminate corruption from the country.