Karachi: Pakistan seeks peaceful relations with its ‘belligerent’ neighbor India, but it takes ‘two to tango’, says Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday.
He said that Pakistan had made a “deliberate and concerted effort to pacify” the border with Afghanistan through diplomatic, military and economic initiatives. It had also boosted human security in the restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan and surrounding areas.
He also expressed concern over Pakistan’s ‘sky high debts’ and low GDP. He admits to have made progress over the years but, seeks more development if the country is to break the ‘begging bowl’.
According to figures released by the finance ministry, Pakistan’s foreign debt and liabilities are around USD 58 billion.
“In order to secure our future, we have to increase our tax base, bring in fiscal discipline and ensure continuity of economic policies,” he said, adding that economy remained one of the highest concerns during National Security Council meetings.
Bajwa also said when enemies of Pakistan wanted to damage it, they targeted financial hub Karachi and tried to destabilise it.
His efforts were not well received on the social media.
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Pak insists Army chief Gen Raheel on board for peace with India. Then why attacks? Is he not able to control ISI or is he playing own govt
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