Pakistan seeks trade not aid from US: Nawaz

WASHINGTON:  The US has been told in clear-cut words that Islamabad wants trade not aid, said Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, media reported.

Addressing Pakistani community here, he said Pakistan, after confessing its mistakes, needed to stand firm on its own feet. “We are making strong laws. However, it is not for us to think as to why the accused get bail. Other institutions also should ponder over it,” he asserted, referring to government’s move to strengthen anti-terrorism laws.

Citing the ongoing targeted operations by law-enforcement agencies in Karachi, the Prime Minister noted the government feared no one as the operation is being carried out across the board and the criminal elements are being dragged in docks, claiming that bhatta (extortion money) mafia activities have dropped by 50 percent in the metropolis and will completely end within some months.

The allegations regarding elections riggings are deplorable as everyone’s mandate should be accepted, the prime minister said. He welcomed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan People’s Party in Sindh.

“We are looking forward to positive answer from Taliban,” he said, referring to government offer of peace talks with the militants.