US role as a peace promoter in South Asia need of the hour in region, says founder President Pak-US Business Council Iftikhar Ali Malik

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LAHORE:     Founder President Pak-US Business Council and SAARC Chamber of Commerce
and Industry (CCI) President-designate Iftikhar Ali Malik Tuesday welcoming US President Donald
Trump’s friendly gesture towards Pakistan during his speech to a rally in India, categorically said the US’
role in South Asia has increasingly become more significant with respect to Pakistan, India, Afghanistan
and the changing geopolitical landscape for the prosperity of South Asian region.
In a statement issued here today, he said Donald Trump’s commitment for the betterment of South
Asian countries especially developing harmony is appreciable and Pakistan is ready to play a
constructive role in developing deep-rooted linkages to help deal with all the emerging challenges in
the region apart from demonstrating an utmost commitment towards maintaining peace and stability
besides strengthening of economy in South Asia.
He further said Pakistan believed in regional development through the platform of SAARC as it was the
way forward for peace and economic prosperity in the region.
The region had abundant human and natural resources, with one-fifth of the humanity and untapped
plenty of indigenous and natural resources for regional uplift , he added. “The social charter of the
organisation was the real way forward and his country would support all initiatives by SAARC in this
regard.”
He said not surprisingly, we are among the least integrated regions in the world with cross-border
trade and movement of people hindered by restrictive laws and extremely poor connectivity. Trade
among ourselves is not more than 5% of our total trade volume which is negligible and that must be
boosted up manifold for the welfare of people of the region.