AGL 5.33 Decreased By ▼ -0.17 (-3.09%)
ANL 8.50 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.12%)
AVN 75.83 Increased By ▲ 0.03 (0.04%)
BOP 5.18 Decreased By ▼ -0.06 (-1.15%)
CNERGY 4.43 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.23%)
EFERT 81.90 Increased By ▲ 0.27 (0.33%)
EPCL 49.30 Decreased By ▼ -0.40 (-0.8%)
FCCL 12.55 Decreased By ▼ -0.24 (-1.88%)
FFL 5.58 Increased By ▲ 0.08 (1.45%)
FLYNG 6.78 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (0.74%)
FNEL 4.76 Increased By ▲ 0.06 (1.28%)
GGGL 9.05 Increased By ▲ 0.63 (7.48%)
GGL 14.76 Increased By ▲ 0.81 (5.81%)
HUMNL 6.15 Increased By ▲ 0.07 (1.15%)
KEL 2.58 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (0.78%)
LOTCHEM 27.63 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.07%)
MLCF 23.45 Decreased By ▼ -0.34 (-1.43%)
OGDC 71.25 Increased By ▲ 0.15 (0.21%)
PAEL 15.13 Increased By ▲ 0.10 (0.67%)
PIBTL 4.88 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.41%)
PRL 15.63 Decreased By ▼ -0.35 (-2.19%)
SILK 1.07 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-2.73%)
TELE 8.84 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (0.23%)
TPL 7.15 Increased By ▲ 0.07 (0.99%)
TPLP 19.37 Increased By ▲ 0.11 (0.57%)
TREET 20.90 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (0.24%)
TRG 135.84 Decreased By ▼ -0.76 (-0.56%)
UNITY 16.31 Decreased By ▼ -0.24 (-1.45%)
WAVES 9.35 Increased By ▲ 0.10 (1.08%)
WTL 1.38 Increased By ▲ 0.03 (2.22%)
BR100 4,154 Decreased By -3.7 (-0.09%)
BR30 15,315 Decreased By -24.6 (-0.16%)
KSE100 41,601 Decreased By -50.9 (-0.12%)
KSE30 15,375 Decreased By -5.5 (-0.04%)
Pakistan

Blinken urges Pakistan to seek China debt relief after floods

  • US Secretary of State promises strong US support for Pakistan as it dries out from the floods
Published September 27, 2022
<p>Photo: AFP</p>

Photo: AFP

Follow us

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Monday on Pakistan to seek debt relief from its close partner China as floods devastate the South Asian country.

Blinken promised strong US support for Pakistan as it dries out from the floods, which have submerged one-third of the country, an area the size of the United Kingdom.

"We send a simple message. We are here for Pakistan, just as we were during past natural disasters, looking ahead to rebuild," Blinken said after talks in Washington with Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

"I also urged our colleagues to engage China on some of the important issues of debt relief and restructuring so that Pakistan can more quickly recover from the floods," Blinken said.

China is a key economic and political partner of Pakistan, pushing ahead with a $54 billion "economic corridor" that will build infrastructure and give Beijing an outlet to the Indian Ocean.

Bestway raises $2m for victims of floods

Washington, whose Cold War alliance with Islamabad has frayed, has repeatedly charged that China will reap the benefits while Pakistan will face unsustainable debt.

The warnings by the United States -- which considers China its preeminent global competitor -- have repeatedly been brushed aside by Pakistan.

Some 1,600 people -- one-third of them children -- have died in Pakistan's floods and more than seven million have been displaced, amid fears that such severe disasters will become more common due to climate change.

The United States has committed $56 million in humanitarian aid and sent 17 planes full of supplies, with promises of long-term support.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that President Joe Biden, who signed a landmark domestic climate package last month, also needed to look at "climate justice."

"It's not only important that you 'build back better' here," he said, using Biden's campaign slogan.

"The opportunity of this crisis in Pakistan is that we must build back better -- greener, more climate-resilient -- back home as well," he said.

"I believe that working together we can do this."

Pakistan, despite being the fifth most populous country, contributes only about 0.8 percent of greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change due to its state of development.

Lingering distrust on Afghanistan

The US relationship with Pakistan has deteriorated over the course of the two-decade war in Afghanistan.

"We have had our differences -- that's no secret," Blinken said.

But he said Pakistan and the United States "have a shared stake in Afghanistan's future," including greater freedoms for women and girls, whose rights have again been heavily curtailed by the Taliban.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's five-month-old government has faced criticism for restrictions on the media since he replaced Imran Khan, who lost a no-confidence vote in parliament after running afoul of the military.

Blinken also called on Pakistan to pursue a "responsible relationship" with India.

Pakistan needs massive investment to become climate resilient, FM tells US institution

Dialogue has been at a standstill between the historic rivals, with India launching airstrikes in February 2019 in response to a deadly attack blamed on Pakistan-backed militants.

Immediately after meeting Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Blinken was hosting a dinner for India's foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, with whom he will hold talks on Tuesday.

The South Asian foreign ministers were not expected to meet in Washington.

Comments

Comments are closed.

Blinken urges Pakistan to seek China debt relief after floods

Electricity bills: PD says doesn’t want to manage tax, surcharge collection

Intra-day update: rupee registers marginal improvement against US dollar

Forex reserves fall to $6.7bn on repayments

BHC orders to quash all FIRs registered against PTI's Azam Swati

China’s Xi meets Arab leaders on ‘milestone’ Saudi trip

Oil bounces on pipeline shutdown, but heads for weekly loss on demand woes

CARs: ADB lists barriers to trade flows

FX reserves may rise in H2FY23: All debt repayments on track, says SBP governor

‘Country of Particular Concern’: Pakistan conveys its concerns to US

765kV DC transmission lines: FD asks PD to take action on award of contract