Islamabad: Foreign Minister of Pakistan Ms Hina Rabbani Khar has said that Pakistan is pursuing the policy of achieving consistent economic stability rather than reliance on foreign aid. Sustainable economic linkages through greater market access for Pakistani goods were more important than receiving aid, she added. The Foreign Minister was talking to scholars and senior analysts at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) here at the Head Office this morning. IISS is a prestigious think tank in London.
While explaining the purpose of her visit the minister stated that Pakistan and UK had very close and friendly relations and her visit would help further strengthening the bilateral ties and boost the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue process.
On Pakistan-India relations she mentioned that the only way forward for both the countries was to demonstrate a mature approach through an uninterrupted dialogue process. It was time, she added, to focus on deliverables in order to confront the challenges.
With regard to the resolution moved in US Congress on Balochistan she said that it had greatly disturbed the people of Pakistan. Such an approach by Parliamentarians of a country which is our strategic partner is unacceptable and such gestures could impact other aspects of relationship and create trust deficit.
While elaborating upon the objectives of Pakistan’s foreign policy she mentioned that Pakistan desired to reach out to all its neighbours for the sake of peace and stability in the region. The democratic government was committed, she said, to take the people of Pakistan into confidence on all important national policies including the foreign policy.
Responding to a query on regional situation she said anything happening in Pakistan’s neighbourhood would have its fallout on the country. Therefore, Pakistan sincerely desired for peace and stability in all the countries in the region particularly in Afghanistan, she said.
In the same context she referred to the unresolved problem of over three million Afghan refugees still living in Pakistan and the international community had not been able to ensure their safe return to Afghanistan.
In response to another question on Pakistan’s relations with China she stated that it had been the most reliable and consistent relationship.
Those who attended the meeting were the High Commission of Pakistan Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Mr. Rahul Roy-Chaudhry, Senior Fallow for South Asia, IISS, members of the IISS and officials from Foreign Office of Pakistan and High Commission of Pakistan in London.
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