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Pakistan needs trade not aid from United States: Ahsan Iqbal
Pakistan needs trade not aid from United States: Ahsan Iqbal
Published at: 2 weeks ago


London, United Kingdom: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan needs trade with United States not aid, adding that we want to see US as development partner and not as a donor country.

This he stated during an interview with CNN in London on Tuesday. Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism are unparalleled.

Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan has sacrificed and fought more in war against terrorism in the recent past rather than any other country.

The minister said that we lost more than 60,000 people and the country incurred more than $25 billion loss in war against terror.

He said that we are committed to fighting terrorism and there is very nominal aid from United State. He said that Pakistan is not fighting this war for US aid and added that we are fighting this war for our own people.

Talking about Afghan issue, Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan and Afghanistan are bound by geography and it is in the interest of both Pakistan and US to work together to resolve this issue. He said that we are the first country that faces the cost of instability and we are the first country that gets dividend of peace in Afghanistan

Answering a question, he said that Pakistan has been made scapegoat for United States failure in Afghanistan war. He said that Pakistan and US need to follow a comprehensive approach for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Answering a question about Pakistan, US relations, he said that US needs to see these relations from its own independent perspective and not through prism of India.


 
 
 
 
 
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