AFTER giving final touches to some of the highly beneficial projects in the Province, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has dashed to Qatar with the objective of seeking more investment from the brotherly country. His meeting with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al thani in Doha was quite productive as the two leaders agreed to promote PakQatar relations and cooperation in economic and trade sectors.
It was all the more important to note that Emir of Qatar held out an assurance that his country would invest in various sectors of national development in Pakistan and extend allout cooperation to cope with the energy crisis. The Emir certainly won hearts of people of Pakistan by declaring that Qatar fully realizes the problems of Pakistan and will extend full support in overcoming these problems. The brotherly country is already cooperating with Pakistan in different sectors and only recently the two countries signed an agreement for import of LNG, which would go a long way in mitigating the crippling energy crisis in Pakistan. Qatar is in a position to make substantial investment in Pakistan for mutual benefit, provided enabling environment is created for the purpose. The two countries have many commonalities to build a strong partnership in different spheres of life.
Qatar has repeatedly said that it was keen to maintain a strategic relationship with Pakistan regardless of the tactical calculation of profits and losses. However, this commitment could not be turned into reality properly mainly because of bureaucratic approach applied by our policy makers towards exploitation of opportunities offered by our friends like Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey and China. As both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Mian Shahbaz Sharif are determined to bring about an economic revolution in the country, we are sure they would move forward with speed to take advantage of such opportunities. Verbal commitments and signing of MoUs are something else and their practical implementation is something quite different.