Successful foreign tours hard to 'swallow' for rivals: Information minister

"You declared a person your redline, our redline is SIFC," says Information Minister Ataullah Tarar

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Successful foreign tours hard to swallow for rivals: Information minister
Federal Minister for Commerce Jam Kamal (left) and Information Minister Ataullah Tarar address a press conference in Islamabad on May 24, 2024, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/Geo News Live
  • Minister slams critics of SIFC, terms it govt's "redline".
  • Premier told UAE Pakistan does not need aid, Tarar says.
  • Commerce minister says premier's UAE visit "historic". 

A day after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced allocating $10 billion for more investments in Pakistan, Information Minister Ataullah Tarar Friday said the government's opponents could not swallow the "successful visits" being undertaken by the new government to bring in investment opportunities in a bid to improve the economy.

"Wherever we go, we talk about investment and trade. We don't talk about loans or grants," said the minister, addressing a presser in Islamabad, flanked by Commerce Minister Jam Kamal.

The minister's comments came a day after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited the gulf nation to meet with its President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi on a day-long visit focused on inviting investments in Pakistan.

Tarar said the premier told the UAE that Pakistan does not need aid.

The decision was taken "to strengthen the Pakistani economy, support it, and enhance cooperation between the two countries", UAE's WAM news agency reported on Thursday.

Tarar, during the press conference, spoke about the role of Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC), which was established to attract investment in the country.

Without naming any particular party or individual, he slammed the critics of the SIFC and termed them as those who wrote to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) against granting loan to Pakistan and running an anti-GSP Plus campaign, placing the country at risk of being cornered in the world on the economic front.

"You declared a person your redline, our redline is SIFC," said Tarar, adding that the council is performing well.

He added that the SIFC is a joint effort of PM Shehbaz and army chief General Asim Muneer to save the country from default.

"SIFC is the lifeline of Pakistan. The government is providing favourable environment for foreign investors," he maintained.

Tarar maintained that the UAE government has confidence in Islamabad, as one success after another is being witnessed on the diplomatic front.

"The whole world is witnessing the seriousness of the government's behaviour," said the information minister, adding that the world believes in Pakistan's immense capabilities and resources.

'Govt working to improve economic development'

Meanwhile, Commerce Minister Kamal termed PM Shehbaz's UAE visit "historic", stating that the government is working to improve economic development and encouraging foreign companies to invest in Pakistan.

He also acknowledged the role of Pakistan's own business community as key in improving the country's economy.

Kamal added that Islamabad was preparing for the UAE investment with many projects already discussed. "[We are] working in energy, trade and other sectors on a daily basis."