BRI provides best opportunities for underdeveloped nations to rise like China, says Afridi 


ISLAMABAD  – Minister for Narcotics Control and Safron Shehryar Khan Afridi has said that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s vision will benefit the underdeveloped countries to join world and they will rise with help from Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The minister expressed these views while speaking to a visiting delegation of entrepreneurs from China’s Sichuan Province led by Mr Zhu Maa. 

Shehryar Afridi said that PTI government had launched opening up and reforms process in Pakistan so it could be open for foreign investors. 

“China and its people love in our hearts. Chinese people stood for Pakistan since day one. It gives me immense delight that I am meeting Muslims of China who believe in one God and faith. We objective is to love respect humanity,” he said. 

The minister said that China’s unprecedented rose reflects that a strong nation can get all parts of the country along and this is how President Xi has done wonders with his poverty alleviation campaign. 

“We salute and cherish the way the Chinese government has got 800 million people out of poverty. Today China is an inspiration for the entire globe,” he added. 

He said that Pakistan provided firm support to China during Ping Pong diplomacy and helped it become a UN permanent member and we are still with China when it has become a great world leader. 

“It is unfortunate that Pakistan’s image has been replicated negatively while our social fabric and I hope after watching Pakistan closely you would become Ambassadors of Pakistan and tell Chinese nation how peaceful and loving Pakistanis are,” he said. 

Afridi said that due to Chairman Mao Zedong leadership and Deng Xiaopeng’s reform agenda, China has today become one of greatest economic giant of the world. 

“Entrepreneurship is the way of Sunnah of holy prophets. Pakistan is blessed with all resources .. we have all seasons and we are blessed with our youth and we have rich mineral resources and fertile lands. Return on investment is much higher in Pakistan in entire region and our government has initiated a visa policy and we have opened Pakistan for world investors to come and invest here”. 

The minister said that Pakistan has rich resources of religious tourism and we have most out of 14 top mountains. Now we have a dynamic tourism policy, he added.

“Kohat is oil and gas producing district in KP province. Our manpower is doing wonders in across the globe. One window service for foreign investors has been introduced and world bank has declared Pakistan top country in Asia in ease of doing business policy,” he said. 

“Every single penny you invest here will be taken care of by Pakistan government. More people in Pakistan are now learning Chinese and inter marriages are taking place,” the minister said.

Mr Zhu Maa said he has been bringing five six  delegations to Pakistan and each time it’s a great experience. 

“Two countries people are very friendly. Dealers are Muslims and non muslims but feeling is the same. We feel Pakistan provides best opportunities for investment. There is a need to project opportunities for investment in Pakistan to Chinese people”. He vowed to showcase Pakistani products and halal food in Chinese markets. 

“We plan to invest in Halal meat and export it to China and Middle Eastern countries. China has good equipment and services,” he concluded. 


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