Time has come to close chapter of US financial assistance to Pakistan: Shahbaz Sharif

Time has come to close chapter of US financial assistance to Pakistan: Shahbaz Sharif
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Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that strong and vibrant societies tend to evolve and produce solutions to the problems they face organically and indigenously. 

An effort at imposing external solutions has often come to naught. A free and proud people need not be told by others what challenges they are facing and what course they need to adopt to move on. They have both the ability and intellectual clarity to identify the challenges and tackle them successfully.

In a statement released by his office, the Chief Minister urged his fellow Pakistanis to view the overall geopolitical and security challenges faced by Pakistan as an unprecedented opportunity to begin to define a truly sovereign and independent vision of its future in line with the ideals of its founding fathers - one that allows Pakistan to fulfil its destiny as a tolerant, moderate and welfare Islamic society and be a harbinger of peace, hope, development and pluralism in the world.

The Chief Minister said that the constant allusions to American assistance in larger conversations about regional peace and security represent salt on the wounds of the millions of Pakistanis that have endured the burdens of terrorism & poverty. 

He said that the Pakistanis have already rendered enough sacrifices in man and material for achievement of shared objectives of terror-free and peaceful world. It is time for Pakistan to politely and gratefully close the chapter on US assistance - so that the bilateral relationship can be freed from the shadow of the contemptuous taunts that have travelled from chat room forums to op-ed pages to the teleprompter of the venerable office of the President of the United States.

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