Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said being a front line state in the war against terror; Pakistan has sacrificed more than any other country.
Here’s why : –
1. Pakistan is the only country in the world which harbors terrorists and calls them freedom fighters.
2. Pakistan is the only country in the world which is accused of sheltering terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Omar, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Sipah-e-Sahaba.
3. Abdul Qadeer Khan , a Pakistani scientist widely regarded as the founder of Pakistan’s nuclear program who has confessed to having been involved in a clandestine international network of nuclear weapons technology proliferation from Pakistan to Libya, Iran and North Korea is supposedly under house arrest . He recently changed his statement and said that “President Pervez Musharraf forced him to be a “scapegoat” for the “national interest.” He denies ever traveling to Iran or Libya and claims that North Korea’s nuclear program was well advanced before his visit”.
4. Pakistani President recently acknowledged his country’s inability in combating terrorism. He said that terrorists are getting paid Rs 10000 whereas his government is only paying Rs 7000 to his soldiers.
The Pakistani economy is in shambles , inflation crossing 25% and forex reserves of less than 3 billion dollars .Mr Zardari told The Wall Street Journal that Pakistan needed a bail-out worth $US100 billion. Maybe this time the world provides money with a rider and makes Pakistan walk the talk.
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Pakistans president Asif Ali Zaradari has finally acknowladged the fact that “terrorists” and not “freedom fighters” are operating in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. “What kind of a joke is this that I cannot pay my security personnel more than the Talibs are paying?” he asks. “Those terrorists are paying their soldiers 10,000 rupees; I’m paying seven or six thousand rupees.”
It is interesting to note that the statement comes at a time when Pakistan’s economy is in deep trouble. A few days ago the Mr Zardari has said “Insha Allah, we will have some good news” on Kashmir before the general elections in India.
The State Bank of Pakistan’s net foreign reserves fell to around 8.1 billion dollars against 8.8 billion . Out of the 8.1 billion dollars around 4.68 billion dollars are the central bank’s own reserves while the rest are deposits of private financial institution. That is about two months’ worth of foreign currency reserves left to pay for the country’s imports of oil and food.
President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the international community to give Pakistan $100 billion in grant to ensure the country’s survival. “I need your help, if we fall, if we can’t do it, you can’t do it,” Mr Zardari repeatedly said during an interview with Wall Street Journal’s columnist Brent Stephens, published on Saturday.
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Mr Zardari described Republican vice presedential candidate Palin as “Gorgeous” . “You look so gorgeous. Now, I know why the whole of America is crazy about you,” Zardari said, while receiving Palin, also the Governor of Alaska, at the Millenium Hotel in New York.”You are so nice,” 44-year-old Palin, a former Miss Wasilla runner up in Alaska beauty pageant, told Zardari, husband of slain former Pakistani Premier Benazir Bhutto.An aide of Zardari then told the two to keep shaking hands for the cameras.”I’m supposed to pose again,” said Palin, who has energised the Republican Presidential nominee John McCain’s camp.”If he’s (aide) insisting, I might hug,” 53-year-old Zardari replied, for which Palin smiled politely in response.
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