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Pakistan fighting for world peace, security: Raisani

QUETTA: Pakistan is fighting a war not only for its national survival but also for world peace and security, Balochistan Chief Minister, Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani, said on Wednesday.

Talking to a US delegation belonging to World Learning, Raisani deplored that certain officials from the US were making Pakistan a target of unjust criticism and expressing doubts on the performance and contribution of the Pakistan Army in the war against terror, an official handout issued in Quetta said.

The meeting had been arranged by the Centre for Peace and Development Initiative, a Pakistani organisation.

The chief minister was of the view that such remarks and opinions by the US officials would shatter the confidence of the Pakistanis, ultimately affecting the war against terror.

He advised the US officials to avoid issuing such discouraging statements. Raisani said that the Pak-US friendship was based on mutual trust and confidence and also on the basis of sovereign equality. “As good friends, we should retain mutual respect and regard for each other,” the chief minister said.

He said that both countries were facing the threat of terrorism, common challenges and problems and thus should unite and take joint action by taking each other into full confidence.

Chief Minister Raisani said that Pakistan was a sovereign country and a proud nation needing trade, not economic aid and assistance. He was of the opinion that those countries depending solely on aid would become beggars and not independent and sovereign States. “We will follow the principles of late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and live in an honourable way,” he added.

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