BEIJING – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Chinese initiative of One Belt and One Road was a powerful tool to overcome terrorism and extremism by bringing peace through economic revolution.

According to Radio Pakistan, the initiative would open doors towards prosperity, peace and stability through connectivity and close contact.

He was addressing the plenary session of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on  Sunday (today).

The prime minister said that peace and development were connected, as nothing can bring peace and security more than economic development achieved through regional efforts.

The state radio quoted PM as saying, “The initiative signifies that geo-economics must take precedence over geo-politics, and that the centre of gravity should shift from conflict to cooperation”.

He said as One Belt and One Road covers all continents, we see it fostering inclusion, creating tolerance, and promoting acceptance of cultural diversity.

Nawaz Sharif said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a flagship project of OBOR that aims at connecting the neighbourhoods of East and West Asia.

The CPEC is for all countries as it has not geographical boundaries, the PM said, adding, “We are not only making effort for achieving economic progress, but also striving to build a peaceful and connected relation with neighbouring countries.

“It is time we transcend our differences, resolve conflicts through dialogue and diplomacy, and leave a legacy of peace for future generations.”