Discussing economic assistance to Pakistan with the British Secretary for International Development
Discussing economic assistance to Pakistan with the British Secretary for International Development Douglas Alexander, the President expressed gratitude for the UK’s development assistance for Pakistan amounting to 665 million pounds sterling over four years.
The other issues that figured prominently, according to a media release of& Pakistan High Commission, were Pakistan’s economy, security situation, the humanitarian crisis caused by the Internally Displaced Persons due to the military operation in Swat and Malakand Division and matters related to the UK’s development assistance programme for Pakistan.
Also present at the meeting were Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar, Deputy High Commissioner Asif Durrani and other senior officials.
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President Zardari informed the British minister that according to the International monetary institutions’ assessment, Pakistan’s macro-economic indicators were showing progressive trends and were promising.
The President emphasized that Pakistan was the biggest victim of terrorism and it required immediate assistance in order to defeat terrorists. He also called for blocking the militants’ funding sources.
Alexander appreciated Pakistan’s sacrifices and determination to fight terrorism. He assured the UK’s firm commitment and support to Pakistan in its endeavours to tackle these challenges.