ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Saturday that the country suffered a massive loss of $14 billion in the aftermath of the Panama verdict, while reiterating respect for the verdict.
Criticising political opponents, he said that fanning political instability and doing politics for the sake of it, will inevitably result in hampering economic development in the country.
Ahsan Iqbal said this while talking to media after visiting the ‘Sasta Bazar’ where a huge fire took place on August 23, destroying many shops. The Minister expressed solidarity with shopkeepers and stall owners .
He emphasised that the country needs to unite and move forward beyond “dead issues” like DawnLeaks, inquiry of which has been completed jointly by the civil and military leadership and with their consensus it has reached to its logical conclusion.
Ahsan Iqbal said due to controversies, a developing Pakistan has been put on the path of down slide. He stressed that the country needs unity in the wake of conspiracies being hatched against it. He said the enemy wants to divide Pakistan and sow the seeds of internal fighting. He said we need to avoid such issues and move ahead by following the constitution and law.
“Political unrest and chaos are equal to destroying Pakistan’s image” he said.
Interior minister said that before Supreme Court verdict new funds were to be launched the stock market which were stopped and this question should be asked as well.
He said stirring up political instability and leg-pulling in politics for power would inevitably result in hampering development projects and economic stability in the country.
The interior minister said that Pakistan with cooperation of neighbouring countries would continue to play its role for bring peace in the region. “We want peace in Pakistan and neighbouring countries and war against terrorists would go on which is in the interest of the Pakistan” Ahsan Iqbal said.
He said the government has already rejected the Trump policy and pointed out that the US has to pay billions of Dollars to Pakistan for using its airspace and ground facilities.
The interior minister said that Islamabad police stations would be turned into modern police stations by providing latest equipments and training to police personnel.