Islamabad - Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi said on Wednesday that the government had a vigorous and sincere policy that aimed at establishing a peaceful neighbourhood.

Addressing concluding session of  the two-day international conference “Policy Approaches of South Asian Countries and their Impact on the Region” organised by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and Hanns Seidel Foundation of Germany (HSF), he said that Pakistan government had always offered India to sit down and engage in result-oriented and constructive dialogue. But India’s response was always disappointing, Tariq Fatimi said, adding that there was a spate of allegations and charges by India against Pakistan which have no reality.

“In reality much of the turbulence in Pakistan comes through the neighbour,” he said adding that there are evidences of involvement of foreign agencies in the gruesome militant incidents in Pakistan.

While talking about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said, “Remarks of Indian Prime Minister on CPEC are inexplicable. The CPEC will promote peace and stability not only in Pakistan and China but in the entire region. The CPEC will benefit three billion people.” He said the recent statements Indian prime minister and foreign minister were totally disappointing; Pakistan always invited India for peace building measures; now it was for India to accept or not to accept, Fatemi said.

On Pak-Afghan relations, Fatemi said that relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan had never been better. But now with the change in leadership of Afghanistan, Pakistan government had found Ashraf Ghani to be a ready partner to reinforce cooperation and intelligence sharing to fight terrorism and militancy. He said that engaging in real time and meaningful intelligence sharing would be beneficial for both Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight the challenges of terrorism and militancy.

While talking about Pak-China friendship, Fatemi said that Pak-China friendship is in true sense “an all-weather friendship” and CPEC projects are for the peoples of the region and not against any other third country.

Inamul Haque, former foreign minister and chairman IPRI board of governors, said that South Asia could not remain isolated from the bigger game of strategic competition between the US and China. The US would never contain China militarily. It would build alliances with China’s neighbours to undermine it.

Dr Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema of NDU said, “Kashmir issue has to be resolved, whether someone likes it or not.”

He further added that until and unless Kashmir issue remains unresolved, the relations between Pakistan and India would remain tense.

Chinese scholar Ye Hallin said that CPEC was not only a strategic project but an economic project too.