ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Tuesday said that Pakistan has suffered over US Dollars 100 billion worth of economic losses in long drawn war on terror.
This was stated by the Finance Minster during his meeting with US Ambassador David Hale, who called on him in Islamabad Tuesday.
“However, Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war on terror were not fully appreciated,” Ishaq Dar said.
Finance Minister shared the details of economic achievements of the government in the last two and half years through a series of reforms. He also briefed the visitor about the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He said 22 top level international institutions had acknowledged the economic turnaround Pakistan had achieved and added that Pakistan, after gaining economic stability, was now firmly set on the path of economic growth.
The Finance Minister also apprised the delegation about the impact of ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb and added that Pakistan was now also simultaneously focusing on efforts for rehabilitation of the temporarily displaced persons.
The US Ambassador was accompanied by Dr Anish Goel, Professional Staff Member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee.
Ambassador Hale discussed with the Finance Minister the possibility of early holding of Pak-US Working Group on Economy and Finance and agreed that the recent visit to the US by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave tremendous boost to Pak-US cooperation.
On his part, Dr. Goel discussed the current state of Pak-US economic relations and said there was complete unanimity of views in the US on enhancing economic cooperation and establishing strong relationship with Pakistan.
Dr Goel said Pakistan’s achievements were appreciated in the US and added that Pak-US cooperation would further grow in future.
Senior officials of the Ministry of Finance also attended the meeting. NNI