Karachi: “As a sovereign state, Pakistan has the legitimate right to establish amicable relations with its neighbouring countries without any external pressure. No international law authorizes United Sates of America to threaten Pakistan of the consequences of implementation of Gas Pipeline Project with Iran” Mr. Tariq Sayeed, former President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) stated this while condemning the threatening remarks of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who warned that Pakistan could face US sanctions if it pressed ahead with its proposed gas pipeline project with Iran.
Mr. Tariq Sayeed appreciated the bold decision of the Government of Pakistan about its commitment to implement Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline stating that the whole nation would stand with the Government on this issue and the business community would leave no stone unturned in this respect.
Mr. Tariq Sayeed said that Pakistan has learnt to live with pride and prestige and its role as the front line state against terrorism should be acknowledged and reciprocated by USA by strengthening its economy rather than imposing sanctions and further weakening the country that has been the most reliable ally of USA in its war against terror.
He regarded Clinton’s statement about denying of economic assistance of USA to Pakistan of $ 1.0 billion promised for the year 2013 as an additional pressure by USA, which would further undermine the economic status, and a serious attempt to damaging Pakistan as its economy was already quite shaky.
“Energy-deficient Pakistan is already facing several challenges of scarce industrial output due to power-cuts, unemployment, and poverty” which may lead to anti-USA opinion amongst the masses in Pakistan” said Mr. Tariq Sayeed. He added that USA needs to review its policy and economically strengthen Pakistan, if it desires Pakistan to continue friendship with USA.
Pakistan has already sacrificed 35000 lives of its civilians and soldiers and loss of billions of dollars in war against terrorism which it cannot sustain any further. “If the USA considers Pakistan its friend, it should help in times of need and should not let its relations with other countries negatively affect matters which concern Pakistan’s well being” said Mr. Tariq Sayeed.
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