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BEIJING – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi yesterday urged the need for a meaningful dialogue with India.Investment in human capital imperative for development:
Speaking at a large gathering of Chinese scholars and researchers at the China Institute for International Strategic Studies here, he highlighted the recent developments in South Asia and Pakistan’s efforts to defuse the tensions.The foreign minister stressed the need for a meaningful dialogue between neighbouring countries to ensure peace. Commenting on Pakistan-China relations, he termed this all-weather relationship as an anchor for regional stability.Established in 1979 as a non-profit academic organization, CIISS is one of the most prestigious think tanks of China for its distinctive historical background, diversified multi-domain teams of experts, academic quality and policy influence.The foreign minister also met with the leadership of CIISS, led by Vice Chairman Gong Xianfu.Earlier, he arrived in Beijing on a three-day visit to China.At the airport, the FM was received by Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing, Pakistani Ambassador in Beijing Masood Khalid and senior officials of the Pakistani embassy.
The foreign minister will participate in the Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue to discuss important matters of bilateral concern, including the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. They will also ponder upon the issue of peace and security in the region.Qureshi will also call on the senior leaders of China and hold a meeting with his Chinese counterpart.Pakistan, India to finalise Kartarpur corridor alignment todayAmid Pakistan’s commitment to establish the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims, work on the project seems to have expedited as officials from both Pakistan and India are holding another meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at proposed zero points to finalise the alignment of the corridor.
This meeting will be succeeded by the first round of talks on March 14 when an 18-member Pakistani delegation led by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal held talks with India for drafting an agreement on Kartarpur Corridor at Attari near Amritsar.Both sides also held expert-level discussions between technical experts on the alignment and other details of the proposed corridor, he said while speaking to the media upon returning from India.He stated that technical experts from both the countries will meet next Tuesday (March 19). Technical team and experts are scheduled to discuss issues relating to the corridor, its construction, road, and other technicalities.
Both sides had also agreed to hold a second round of discussion at Wagah to finalise the modalities for the Kartarpur Corridor on April 2. Last November, both the countries had agreed to set up the corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district.
Officials from Pakistan and India on Thursday agreed to expedite work to operationalise the Kartarpur Corridor. Both sides also held expert-level discussions between technical experts on the alignment and other details of the proposed corridor, he read out.He spoke to the media upon his return from India, and said that technical experts from both the countries will meet next Tuesday. Technical team and experts are scheduled to discuss issues relating to the corridor, its construction, road, and other technicalities.He had also praised the Indian delegation by stating that they (India) were welcoming and the environment was conducive.The April 2 meeting will be technical in nature and holds great importance, he further said.