Interior Minister talks to media


ISLAMABAD, Aug 26(APP): Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has categorically stated that the government will safeguard national interest at all costs.

He was talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Saturday after visiting the weekly bazaar to review damages caused by fire there on Wednesday.

The Minister said Pakistan’s resolve against terrorism is for its own interest, and not for serving the interests of the United States.

He said Pakistan will continue playing its role for peace and stability in the region in collaboration with the regional states.

Ahsan Iqbal said the political and military leaderships have reviewed in detail US President Donald Trump’s strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia and outrightly rejected his remarks about Pakistan.

The Minister said the US narrative of financial assistance to Pakistan has also been categorically rejected with the argument that Washington is yet to pay Islamabad billions of dollars under the previous agreements regarding logistic support to the United States.

He stressed the need for forging unity among ranks of the nation to send across a message that the nation is united to face any conspiracies.

Ahsan Iqbal said political instability is tantamount to playing with the future of the next generation.

Referring to the fire in the weekly bazaar, he said the government will compensate the people who suffered losses due to the fire.

He directed Capital Development Authority to ensure safety measures at the bazaar to avoid any such incident in future.