Respect for rights, socioeconomic progress key to peace: Mohsin Dawar

Meets lawmakers, think-tank community in Washington, says stronger Pak-US partnership to address issue of militancy.

WASHINGTON: Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs MNA Mohsin Dawar has said respect for rights and socioeconomic development of the region was key to ensuring peace and stability.
“The people of Pakistan, especially people of the merged areas, have paid the heaviest price in the war against terrorism. From the loss of precious lives to losing of businesses, houses and becoming internally displaced persons, their sacrifices remain unmatched,” he said.  
Mr Dawar, who is on a two-day visit to Washington, met the senior leadership of U.S. Congress, including Senator Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Dean Phillips and Congressman Ami Bera, and also delivered talks at the Hudson Institute and Wilson Centre.
In his interactions, he called for the world and regional powers’ unwavering commitment to regional peace and stability.
Stressing the need for a stronger Pak-US partnership, especially in economic sphere and the need to create more opportunities for the youth of war-hit areas, Chairman Dawar said that there was a need to diversify the relationship with greater focus on trade and investment and addressing impending challenges such as climate change.
“Recent floods in Pakistan and the devastation on massive scale has reinforced the need for a robust Pak-US partnership in tackling the challenge of erratic climate change,” he said. He also thanked the US government and the people of the United States for their assistance during biblical floods in Pakistan.
Mr Dawar briefed the US lawmakers and the think tank community about the political situation in Pakistan and various developments in the region, particularly post-U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. He presented a holistic perspective on regional peace and stability. Underscoring the need for continued engagement of the international community in pursuit of shared objectives, Mr Dawar said that those who have made tremendous sacrifices for global peace — especially the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan — cannot and should not be abandoned. “Collective efforts are required to countering terrorism.
It is not just a threat for Pakistan but for the entire region, and beyond,” he noted. He cautioned that the world should not ignore the disenfranchisement of 40 million Afghans. The precarious situation next door is not conducive to peace and prosperity in Pakistan.  
Mr Dawar also highlighted the role of economic development and connectivity in promoting prosperity and peace in the region.
“In the long term, it is the strength of our economies and the depth of our connections that will ensure sustainable peace,” he noted. He urged for the creation of an environment conducive to prosperity, thereby diminishing the appeal of extremism.
Earlier, Mr Dawar also met Ambassador Masood Khan and the officers of embassy of Pakistan.

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