Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Tuesday rejecting any foreign pressure against Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, said it was in Pakistan’s national interest to acquire energy from wherever it was available.
“We cannot afford to be selective,” the Foreign Minister told a press conference at the Foreign Office, adding that no decision in this regard would be taken against the national interests.
She said the country was facing a real energy crisis and stressed the need to address its energy needs at the earliest. The Foreign Minister said the relations with the United States, NATO and ISAF would be promoted on the basis of mutual self-respect and in line with the policy devised by Pakistan’s parliament.
She said the parliamentary committee on foreign policy would finalize the recommendations by the second week of this month. “We want to add the element of credibility with the United States,” she said.
To a question about not allowing the US senior officials to visit Pakistan, she said the refusal was till the time when a clear-cut policy viz-a-viz the United States was finalized.
Khar said Pakistan wanted to maintain friendly relations with all its neighbours including India and added that there was enthusiasm from both the sides to improve ties. She said the governments of the two neighbouring countries had been working together to build a level of trust for the mutual benefit of two nations.
On Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister said Pakistan supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned solution to the problem. She said Pakistan wanted a Free Trade Agreement with the Gulf States.