Islamabad - Chairman Senate Standing Committee for Defense and Defense Production, Mushahid Hussain Sayed, has said that if the government wants big investment, it must expand economic ties with Central Asian Republics (CARs).

“The government should not move on towards economically weak states and this should be principle of foreign policy,” he remarked.

He was talking to media soon after his return from Azerbaijan along with other Parliamentarians to monitor the Presidential elections there.

He said that Azerbaijan had solved load shedding and line losses’ problem just in ten years, adding Azerbaijan installed prepaid smart meters that are similar to SIM card.

“Pakistan can take benefit from Azerbaijan’s experience as president, foreign and defense ministers showed interest in Pakistan”, said Mushahid Hussain Syed.

He added that the delegation of eight politicians from six different political parties had traveled to Azerbaijan to monitor elections there, adding total 130 personalities were invited across the globe.

Mushahid appreciated the electoral procedure of Central Asian State and termed it a good trend.

He added that it could be judged through exit poll that who is winning and cameras have been installed inside polling station.    “Online monitoring system was established there for elections,” chairman committee said. Mushahid Hussain Syed mentioned that President of Azerbaijan expressed solidarity towards Pakistan.

He added that in-charge Independent welfare fund, Masoom invited Pakistanis on dinner and informed that Azerbaijan have $35 billion. “We go to Washington and Germany but we can get benefit from neighboring Muslim states,” suggested Mushahid. He informed that the Senate’s committee for defense would conduct seminar on Oct 24, adding he disclosed that former Australian Foreign Minister would deliver lecture in the end of seminar.