Shahid Khaqan Abbasi blamed India for the impasse in bilateral ties

Vastavam web:  Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today blamed India for the impasse in bilateral ties, saying New Delhi’s “expansionist designs” was the “main hurdle” in constructive relations between the two neighbours.Addressing the nation on its 70th Independence Day, Abbasi said Pakistan “desires positive and constructive” relations with all countries based on sovereign equality.”Our government has invariably made efforts to initiate the process of meaningful dialogue and adoption of peaceful means to resolve the issues but unfortunately the expansionist designs of India have remained the main hurdle in this regard,” Abbasi said as Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang attended the celebrations as a “special guest” of the country.

Yang arrived in Pakistan yesterday for the event.Abbasi said that China and Pakistan have “always stood by each other in difficult times and their friendship will stand the test of time and grow with coming generations.” Abbasi, 58, was sworn-in as Pakistan’s 18th prime minister on August 1 after the Supreme Court disqualified the incumbent Nawaz Sharif for dishonesty following the Panama papers scandal.

“The people of South Asia have suffered enormously in the last fifty years due to the festering conflicts. Until and unless those conflicts are resolved amicably the people of the region cannot achieve prosperity and progress,” he said.In his address, President Mamnoon Hussain called for unity among the people for a developed Pakistan.He said it is time to forget “personal grievances” and stand by the Constitution, apparently referring to Sharif’s ouster as prime minister and his charge that his removal was “pre-planned”.The day began with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital Islamabad along with a 21-gun salute in provincial capitals to mark the official Independence Day celebrations.

Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa hoisted a huge national flag at the Attari-Wagah border with India soon after midnight last night, kicking off the day-long celebration. The flag flew at 400 feet, the highest in South Asia.The 120×80 feet flag is also the largest in the history of the country, Pakistani media reported.Pakistan Air Force (PAF) organised an air show in Islamabad to mark the 70th Independence Day celebrations.

Aerobatic teams from Pakistan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia performed before a huge crowd of people who flocked the Fatima Jinnah Park in the heart of the city to witness the show.The special appearance of “Solo Turk”, the famous aerobatic team of Turkish Air Force, and the internationally acclaimed “Saudi Hawks” of Royal Saudi Air Force alongside PAF aircraft were the main attraction of the show.Pakistan air force also displayed JF-17 Thunder aircraft, indigenously built with the Chinese assistance. Tri-Services free fall display of Special Services personnel was another salient feature of the show