Islamabad: The Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with USA and both the countries have similar perceptions on many regional and global issues. He said this while talking to Mr. Gabriel Escobar, US Consul General at Peshawar who called on him in Parliament House on Tuesday.
The Deputy Speaker has said that Pakistan believed that peace and stability was essential for promoting progress and prosperity in the region. He said that terrorism and extremism were biggest threats to peace and stability which could be countered by closer co-operation amongst the stakeholders.
He said that poverty illiteracy and unemployment were the root cause of this menace. He stressed the need for addressing the root causes to curb this bane.
The Deputy Speaker said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa legs behind in health and education sectors and provision of other social amenities were affected in Hazara Division due to Afghan refugees camps.
He stressed the need for up-gradation of education sector especially infrastructure for girls education in Hazara Division. He also stressed the need for including the opinions of elected representatives in developmental projects. He was of the opinion that elected representatives could identify the problems confronting to the masses in a better way.
Gabriel Escobar, Consul General agreed with the proposals of the Deputy Speaker. He apprised the Deputy Speaker that US is initiating various projects for the promotion of investment in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.
He said that US wanted to see a strong and prosperous Pakistan He appreciated the role of Pakistan in war against extremism and terrorism and assured the Deputy Speaker all out support of his country for economical and social uplift of Pakistan.