Dastgir says Pakistan wants “trade not aid”

Staff Report
Friday - February 9, 2018
RAWALPINDI: European union (EU) military committee chairman general Mikhail Kostarakos called on defence minister Khurram Dastgir, in the garrison city on Thursday, Dastgir highlighted, “Pakistan at this critical juncture in the war against terror wants “more trade than aid” to address the root causes of extremism like un-employment and poverty.”

According to an official statement, Kostarakos highlighted “importance of communication/interaction”, at various levels, under a “mutually agreed framework”.

Kostarakos shared his views on ‘Afghanistan’.

Dastgir expressed Pakistan’s desire to enhance collaboration in the field of defence, defence production, especially the ease of access to EU member countries’ defence technologies.

He lauded the services of Kostarakos towards global peace and stability. He mentioned, Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with EU, and added, our relations draw strength from a shared objective of global peace and security.

He commended EU’s efforts in the uplift and development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), particularly the Malakand division.

Dastgir emphasised, Pakistan strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterated Pakistan’s zero tolerance against the use of its soil to promote terrorism against any country.

He mentioned that Pakistan has been providing multi-faceted support to international community in war against terrorism.

Kostarakos expressed the desire to enhance cooperation between Pakistan and the EU.

“Pakistan is committed to stability and peace in the region with particular focus on its relation with Afghanistan. A peaceful Afghanistan is not only in the interest of Pakistan but the whole region,” Dastgir said.