Pakistan does not want financial assistance but desires trade: Ahsan Iqbal
LONDON (92 News) – Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that Pakistan does not want financial assistance but desires trade and developmental partnerships. Whatever monetary aid the US has offered was nothing extraordinary.
In an interview to CNN, he said that the United States’ unilateral operations in Pakistan will be a “red line” for bilateral relations between the two countries. “Any attack on or conspiracy against Pakistan’s interests will be responded to accordingly,” he warned.
He reiterated that the people of Pakistan “are dignified” and Islamabad desires friendship with Washington based on mutual trust and respect.
More than 60,000 people embraced martyrdom and over US$25 billion lost in the war against terror, he added.
Ahsan Iqbal went on to say that Islamabad is ready to work for peace in collaboration with global fraternity, adding that the Afghanistan peace issue requires not just a military solution but a political one as well.
Earlier addressing a press conference at Pakistan’s High Commission in London, the minister said the government is making efforts to boost exports, attract Foreign Direct Investments and remittances from overseas Pakistanis for the economic prosperity of the country.
He said under CPEC Pakistan will build Gwadar Maritime port making it one of the best maritime ports in Asian region.
Ahsan Iqbal said Pakistan has now become one of the best investment-friendly destinations for investors with an attractive market of 207 million people with emerging middle class.