Pakistan needed a comprehensive effort


Pakistan has shown “genuine desire” to have peaceful relations with its ‘belligerent’ neighbour India but it takes “two to tango”, the country’s Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on 11 October. Gen Bajwa said Pakistan needed a comprehensive effort to pursue the National Action Plan and remove vulnerabilities well before they turn into threats. He said that Pakistan “expressed and demonstrated genuine desire” to have normal and and peaceful relations with India but that it “takes two to tango,” Bajwa said. Bajwa also expressed concerns over the country’s “sky high” debts, saying the abysmally low tax to GDP ratio must change if the country has to “break the begging bowl”. According to figures released by the finance ministry, Pakistan’s foreign debt and liabilities are around $58 billion. Bajwa added that when enemies of Pakistan wanted to damage it, they targeted financial hub Karachi and tried to destabilise it.