President Dr. Arif Alvi has on Tuesday (today) addressed the inaugural session of the 2nd General Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO), “Promoting Parliamentary Partnership For Regional Integration”.
On Tuesday (today), President Alvi, in his address underlined the need for more Parliamentary engagements to pursue shared agenda of progress by promoting trade and investments in the ECO region.
He also expressed hope that PAECO-2021 will give a new boost to existing relations amongst ECO member states.
President Alvi also called upon the member countries of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) to develop a firm partnership to address the issues faced by them.
“During the last six decades, the Muslim Ummah has faced difficult situations,” he said.
The President added, “Intolerance is a major obstacle to development.”
“Many countries formulate policies based on Islamophobia,” he said adding, “The world was shown the wrong side of Islam.”
“We have been accused of terrorism,” President Alvi said. “India calls Kashmiris’ independence movement a terrorism act.”
Moreover, he went on to add that the world needs leadership that serves humanity.
He further concluded by saying that the ECO countries should further enhance their relations through trade, tourism and economic linkages.
Alvi pointed out that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an excellent example of cooperation that will link the Central Asian States with the seas.
Earlier, President Alvi had expressed extreme displeasure over the ongoing brutal situation in Palestine as Israeli airstrikes intensified claiming more than 100 Palestinian lives.In a tweet, he had termed the ongoing atrocities by Israel against Palestine as a ‘barbaric bombing’.
Sharing a ‘New York Times’ link President Alvi wrote in his tweet, “Painful pictures of children killed in Palestine by Israeli’s 11-day barbaric bombing. Out of a total of 67 children, 65 were Palestinian. Read about their dreams and the family’s reaction. This message is not anti-Semitic but anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and against racial segregation.”