In an interview with Newsweek, printed on Monday, the prime minister mentioned: “If China and the US so need, Pakistan can be blissful to play a constructive position to bridge their variations, as we had executed previously.”
The interview revolved round nationwide, regional and world points and centered particularly on the position Pakistan might play in “stopping the world from sliding into an ever deeper set of crises”, as put by the publication.
PM Shehbaz characterised Pakistan’s overseas coverage as certainly one of “friendliness and goodwill in the direction of all of the nations of the world”.
“Pakistan has historically maintained good relations with China and the US. Traditionally, it was Pakistan that acted as a bridge in opening up the connection between the US and the Peoples’ Republic of China,” he mentioned.
The premier mentioned that Pakistan has all the time underscored the necessity to keep away from a confrontational strategy. “Bloc politics and any drift in the direction of chilly warfare won’t produce any constructive outcomes, and in reality can be counterproductive for progress and stability,” he pressured.
“Pakistan strongly believes that inter-state relations ought to be based mostly on mutual respect and peaceable decision of disputes by upholding the rules of the UN constitution and worldwide regulation,” he added.
To a query on what it might imply for Pakistan and the remainder of the world, if nations had been requested to decide on sides, particularly given the shut ties Pakistan and China take pleasure in, PM Shehbaz mentioned that whereas the connection could also be “very particular”, Pakistan and the US “have additionally maintained a longstanding historic bilateral relationship which covers all problems with mutual curiosity”.
“The world can ill-afford descent into one other period of Chilly Warfare or bloc politics. I imagine polarisation would have critical penalties for the worldwide economic system by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine disaster,” the premier instructed Newsweek.
He mentioned creating nations, like Pakistan, are “already affected by exterior shocks to their socio-economic well-being, and don’t need aggravation of those challenges induced by main energy rivalry”.