Pakistan on its way to Integration & Development
Pakistan has been a subject of turmoil since its creation, currently its confronting with many profound difficulties caused by absurd systematic issues. It has been run by military dictators and corrupt democracy. Many a time resources were not properly utilized, due to significant personal interests of the ruling elite, eventually leading to oscillation in economy. After being a subject to world's greatest challenges: terrorism, sluggish economy and poverty; a flaccid country yet optimistic, was in dire need of a leader like Imran Khan, who prefers the development and growth of the country over personal gains. Due to his strong decisive leadership, Pakistan is on its way to establish strong ties with other nations along with its efforts to soothe economic tensions, which includes fighting financial corruption within the state.
Pakistan is showing progress in the majority of areas identified as threat to the international terror financing watchdog. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s first official overseas visit to Saudi Arabia has many experts contemplating the benefits of the meeting.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan put his country’s economic desperation on full display during his visit to Saudi Arabia, he didn’t let the horrific details of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder come in the way.
Saudi Arabia traditionally has been an ally to Pakistan and maintaining such cordial ties is in the best interest of the government, especially with the aim of trying to fix Pakistan’s economic challenges. There is definitely an interest shown by the Saudi government in working with the new premiere. This can be assessed from the kind of welcome he was offered in the country. Such an effort will be reciprocated by strengthening the bilateral ties of the countries.
PM IK's visit to Saudi Arabia Ends Global Isolation for Pakistan and has also resulted in considerable understandings between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
At the same time, another major concern is Pakistan’s role in the Yemen crisis. Pakistan has time and again urged the parties involved to end the conflict because many innocent lives are being lost in the process; however, while Pakistan has maintained the stance of neutrality and has played the role of a moderator, Pakistan is also ready to stand by Saudi Arabia in its fight against terrorism.
In a tweet by Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, a top Houthi commander and former President of the group's revolutionary committee, he thanked Pakistan's PM for offering to mediate between Iran & Saudi Arabia to end the conflict in Yemen. This was after Imran's 1st visit to Riyadh.
The official visit reinforces the need for bilateral ties, however, there is further work required to devise a framework for the diplomatic ties. While there have been several positive developments coming out of this meeting, the success of the ostensible purpose of the visit – shore up economic partnerships and possible aid – remains cloaked in uncertainty. Similarly, Pakistan also needs to play the role of the moderator to end a war that is taking millions of lives.
The confirmation of Khan’s first visit to China as premier comes days after Pakistan secured US$6 billion dollars in funding from Saudi Arabia to help stave off a widening balance of payment crisis.
For Beijing, the CPEC is a flagship project of the Belt and Road and its importance continues with the remaining BRI projects. Pakistan can discontinue with the IMF but cannot downsize the CPEC projects, which is going to be its like.
During IK’s visit to China, the Chinese side assured that China’s relationship with Pakistan is always a matter of highest significance when it comes to their foreign policy. Chinese leadership also appreciated the steady and strong support by Pakistan towards China’s interests and in return confirmed its solidarity and support with Pakistan in safeguarding its territorial integrity and state’s sovereignty.
Xi said that Beijing was “willing to work with the prime minister to strengthen the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership and build a new era” in the two countries’ ties.“Even though situations in international and domestic politics change, the bilateral relations will continue to improve,” he said.
Pakistan also has planned its first space mission in 2022. The federal Cabinet meeting chaired by the prime minister has approved the proposal. An agreement between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and a Chinese company has already been signed. Pakistan and China already have dynamic defense ties and Islamabad is one of the top buyers of Chinese military hardware. Earlier this year, Pakistan launched two indigenously built satellites into orbit, using a Chinese launch vehicle. Pakistan would send a human to space for the first time in 2022 with China’s help.
Imran Khan’s initial visit to Beijing has further cemented the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership. The satellites were launched onboard a Chinese Long March (LM-2C) rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre located at the Gobi desert, China. One of the satellites launched was a remote sensing satellite (PRSS1) – a dual-purpose Earth observational and optical satellite.