Pakistan, China & Central
Asia road link project
June 10 - 16, 2002
Peace and prosperity which are the most sought
after goals of the human beings all over the world have been achieved
wherever the people got to realize the significance of social and
While the developed economies are enjoying the
fruits of economic prosperity through close cooperation, confidence
and harmony, the people in this region are experiencing all sorts of
sufferings mainly due to absence of social and economic cohesion among
the countries of this region.
The economic bloc of European Countries which the
Eastern and Western European countries have succeeded to consolidate
their resources for the benefit of their peoples, gives a lesson to
those who desire to learn.
Recently, Almaty Summit was held with the sole
purpose to develop cooperation and confidence among the member
The peace loving people were pinning hopes on the
expected meeting between President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister
Vajpyee for de-escalating the war tension between India and Pakistan.
Despite the fact that the meeting between the two
leaders did not take place yet the Almaty Conference may bring
far-reaching benefits in the region especially in confidence building
among the member countries which subsequently help promoting trade and
economic relations in the region.
The Almaty Conference is likely to produce some
positive results in the areas of economic and trade relations between
Pakistan and the member countries.
Before Almaty Summit, Pakistan delegation led by
President Musharraf held meetings with the leaders of the Central
Asian countries and discussed ways and means to promote bilateral ties
in the region.
One of the most significant developments was the
desire of the member countries to promote interaction between the
peoples of the member countries.
In order to achieve the target of promoting
bilateral relations between the member countries the importance for
construction of road links was acknowledged and it was agreed that
road network will be developed in the region to get the desired
results for socio-economic and trade goals.
The proposed plan for construction of road network
will provide road-linkages between the Central Asian countries and
Pakistan. It may be noted that China has already been linked with
Pakistan through Sharah-e-Resham through Northern Areas of Pakistan.
The proposed road network between these friendly
countries will not only enhance confidence and harmony between the
people of these nations but certainly help paving the way for
developing a strong economic bloc in this part of the world.
The CICA Summit recently concluded in Almaty also
acknowledged the need for trade and economic cooperation among the
member countries to bring prosperity and stability in Asia.
The economic and trade relations and ways and means
to improve them were discussed at a meeting between Pakistan and
Tajikistan where the President Pervez Musharraf had gone to attend the
conference on "Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in
The need to enhance economic cooperation between
the two countries in hydro-electricity, communication, energy and
trade sectors was emphasized by the two sides in the meeting.
The establishment of a network of roads, linking
Central Asia with Pakistan through Afghanistan for access to the
Indian Ocean was one of the most significant subjects discussed
between the two countries.
During the meeting between President Musharraf and
Tajikistan's Prime Minister Akil Aliclov, it was desired that Pakistan
wishes to develop the road link through Afghanistan.
President Musharraf noted that world was moving
forward very fast in all sectors of economy and there was a need to
accept these challenges.
It was also agreed to revive joint ministerial
commission to discuss economic issues, ways and means to move forward
on various subjects.
There is no doubt that the road linkages plays
important role in promotion of trade and economic social ties between
the countries yet before construction of roads linkages another thing
which more important is to develop the trust and confidence among the
peoples of these states.
The recently concluded Almaty conference however
realized the significance of confidence building among the nations
hence it was on the top of the summit declaration.
The conference resolved to take necessary steps for
the elaboration and implementation of measures aimed at enhancing
cooperation and creating an atmosphere of peace, confidence and
Such measures should be in accordance with the
principles of the UN charter, CICA, and international law. In doling
so, the member countries will take into account specific features and
characteristics in various regions in Asia and proceed on a gradual
and voluntary basis.
President Musharraf, speaking about the
Pakistan-Tajikistan relations said that ties between the two countries
are bound through centuries old ties of history, faith, culture and
traditions. The two countries hold indepth discussions covering the
entire range of bilateral issues. They agreed to make joint efforts to
expand and consolidate cooperation in the areas such as trade,
tourism, transport and communication, education, industry and defence.
The two countries also agreed to convene the inaugural session of the
joint Economic Commission in September this year. Through this forum
the two would be able to further strengthen the two-way economic