PM Vision of Regional Connectivity

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PM Imran Khan’s vision to establish greater connectivity and regional ties is evident from his actions. The incumbent government has created new targets of development by generating economic connections with Central Asia and emulating the path of regional prosperity that navigates through a peaceful Afghanistan. Pakistan, after its noteworthy shift from geo-strategic to geo-economics as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, has boarded on a voyage where all roads of regional incorporation lead to development. The government is aiming to enhance regional connectivity with the five landlocked Central Asian countries; Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in efforts to witness a key economic revival. However, in the current scenario peace in Afghanistan is the leading factor to materialize any such vision of prosperity and development.  PM Imran Khan has frequently highlighted that Pakistan is most interested in the establishment of peace in Afghanistan, for its personal benefits. “Pakistan is concerned for peace in Afghanistan because the country’s economic strategies greatly depend on it,” PM recently stated while speaking to Afghan journalists in Islamabad. This clearly highlights Pakistan’s intentions for peace in Afghanistan.  Here again the vision of regional connectivity becomes more visible. Therefore, a peaceful Afghanistan could act as a passage for Pakistan’s trade route to Central Asian states besides helping itself from Pakistan’s Gwadar seaport. For the same reason, on 2nd February, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan have agreed upon a roadmap for the construction of a 573-kilometre route from Mazar-e-Sharif to Peshawar via Kabul. The said project, at a projected cost of $5 billion, will link Pakistani seaports on the Arabian Gulf to Uzbekistan and continue Afghanistan’s steady integration into the Central Asian economic system. The new corridor will expand connectivity with an annual transportation potential of up to 20 million tons of cargo.

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