Bilawal urges world to change its perception towards Pakistan

Bilawal urges world to change its perception towards Pakistan


Bilawal urges world to change its perception towards Pakistan

SINGAPORE (Dunya News) – Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday urged the world to change its perception and have a fresh look at Pakistan that is away from its stereotypical image.

In a special interview during Singapore video on Friday, he highlighted that Pakistan has a young population, where 114 million of its 220 million people are under 25, and that it has the fastest-growing middle class in the world, after China and India.

Bhutto also said Pakistan has many freelancers who are providing services in IT, telecom, e-commerce, data analytics, financial services, music and health. “Singapore and other Asean countries outsource many IT-related activities and financial services and can benefit immensely from our young talent.”

The foreign minister while making the case for Pakistan’s emerging market said that there is great potential for Singapore and Pakistan to work together, particularly in trade, and entrepreneurs from both sides should continue to create opportunities to collaborate, adding that Pakistan places great importance on its relations with Singapore bilaterally, as well as in the context of Asean.

He also noted how Pakistan was among the first countries to recognise the Republic soon after independence, and how its expatriate community has contributed to Singapore’s development in its early years.

Bilawal also pointed out how the two nations have exchanged high-level visits in the past, including then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s visits to Pakistan in 1988 and 1992, and his late mother Benazir Bhutto’s visit to Singapore in 1995 as then Prime Minister of Pakistan.

“Over time, we lost the momentum in our bilateral relations,” said Mr Bhutto Zardari, adding that he was coming to Singapore “to revive that momentum and intensify our bilateral exchanges. Pakistan is keen to strengthen this relationship in all dimensions”.

There is a need for the world to have a fresh look at Pakistan that is away from its stereotypical image, he added.

“There are so many opportunities in Pakistan awaiting the world, for which the first step is to lift the travel advisories against the country. I strongly feel that the world needs to look at us more objectively, as a promising emerging market.”

On the other hand, in his meeting with Singaporean President Halimah Yacob, Bilawal discussed enhanced engagement and mutually beneficial cooperation.

Bilawal, who arrived in Singapore on Thursday on an official visit, shared Pakistan desire to intensify cooperation with Associated of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also held a meeting with his Singaporean counterpart Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan and reviewed the state of bilateral relations. The two sides agreed to enhance bilateral engagements and cooperation.

The foreign minister visited the headquarters of multinational technology conglomerate Meta (Facebook) Asia-Pacific in Singapore.

He highlighted the achievements and huge potential of the information technology sector in Pakistan and expressed keen desire for enhanced cooperation between Meta and Pakistan.