Tourism Pakistan is is is one place you know it has it has probably the best mountain tourism in the world because you know half of the world’s highest peaks over 24,000 feet high in Pakistan and it is still undiscovered by by mass tourism then it has it for religious tourism we have the holiest shrines of Hinduism of Sikhism of of Buddhism I mean north of Pakistan is most center of the Ghaderi Gandhara civilization and then of course Sufism so that we are we are not planning to attract make it easy for tourists to come and you’re telling tourists it’s safe to permit Pakistan today as I said in last one year tourism double in Pakistan.
Relationship with iran , KSA and UAE
it’ll be a disaster for not just Pakistan the whole area if there’s a conflict for a start there almost 4 million Pakistani workers in UAE and in Saudi Arabia who spent who send remittances which is badly needed because of an imbalance of trade imbalance so it that would be affected but apart from that you know the impact a conflict would have I repeat on the oil prices it just I mean it would be a disaster for the whole area so we are trying our best I mean Pakistan plays its part you know we have relationship with Iran with very close relationship but UAE and Saudi Arabia so we try and we’ve done our best there were tensions when there were these missile attacks on some oil facility of Saudi Arabia so we played our part when to both I went to both countries and try to defuse the tensions .
For someone that mindset never changed making money was considered a crime almost now we have we encourage businesses industry we are doing everything possible so that people can make profits so once you make profits then it becomes like honey for bees to come investors to invest so this is now actively a government trying to create wealth in the country by promoting industrialization
the the people who I held responsible were always the political elite you see if the political elite is clean then you know they will not have crony capitalism problem that happened in Pakistan was that that we had these two political houses and both just competed in siphoning of money out of the country money laundering and once the leadership does then the whole system falls apart so it is not the business community I’ve been blamed in fact this is the first government which has gone out of its way to promote industrialization in Pakistan since the 60s in 60s Pakistan government actively industrialization we are we were the fastest-growing economy and then we lost our way with nationalization socialist socialist government came along and then for someone that mindset never changed making money was considered a crime almost now we have we encourage businesses industry we are doing everything possible so that people can make profits so once you make profits then it becomes like honey for bees to come investors to invest so this is now actively a government trying to create wealth in the country by promoting industrialization.
in Pakistan what’s the message there have you got that situation under control after 9/11 2019 was the most safest year in Pakistan so after we joined the war on terror and 9/11 from Goethe 2003 onwards when when we had such security problems in Pakistan you know the investors disappeared sports team won’t tour Pakistan but this I’m happy to say 2019 was the safest year we had the least amount of crime since then and so it was reflected in tourism in one year our tourism double rate in 2018-19 tourism double is basically our security forces controlled this crime terrorism they have controlled it weaved we’ve also taken a confident smarter know this the security force has paid a huge price I mean lot of sacrifices in controlling the crime and you know there was about eight ten years there we really the country took a beating but we did we took another step we decided that the legacy of 80s where we had created these militant groups to fight the Soviets these groups had remained after the Soviets had left now before my committee will all the political parties in 2015 took a decision that there would not be any armed militia in Pakistan and since then we have disarmed the militias
China they actually helped us with investment and and and because of them it has given us an opportunity to attract foreign investment
Chinese came to help us with this Bri and and the seatback which is the Pakistan China economic corridor they rape we were really at the rock bottom and so we are really grateful to the Chinese that they came and rescued us they came us they pumped and even not just they gave us loans and loans by the way or not they’re barely five or six percent of a total loan portfolio which is this nonsense that you know Chinese we are indebted to China they actually helped us with investment and and and because of them it has given us an opportunity to attract foreign investment we’ve created these special economic zones we just we’ve opened do and we are opening more where we are giving special concessions to industry and then it’s not it’s beyond the the the Bri in CPAC they have also its technology transfer especially helping us in agriculture because Chinese technology seed development is much better than Pakistan our productivity is very low so and then skills they are developing skill
Pakistan is moving now towards an export-led growth rather than a consumption led growth or an import led growth
we inherited a bankrupt and indebted economy but the huge fiscal and and current account deficit and it has been a very difficult year ready to to stabilize the economy that the rupee our currency lost value but fortunately it’s stabilized and without any government support it’s found its market bad and as a result the market sentiment has gone up our stock market is now the highest in one year we’ve a foreign investment direct investment has arisen 200 percent in one year so we are moving in the right direction and we are moving now towards an export-led growth rather than a consumption led growth or an import led growth which which is why we had the same balance and hence go to the IMF for help this is we sort of difficult structural reforms but it is the only way to get out of this boom and bust syndrome which is which has been plaguing us for 30 years and I feel that we are on the right track now the only thing is people are hurting because of you know all the measures we’ve taken now we want to concentrate on growth creating jobs for the people
Pakistan suffered I know the consequences second time 70,000 Pakistanis were killed in an war and we lost over a hundred billion dollars to the economy
11 Pakistan suffered I know the consequences second time 70,000 Pakistanis were killed in an war and we lost over a hundred billion dollars to the economy we’ve just about recovering from it so from I’m convinced that people looking for solutions the only people who benefit is this industrial military complex when you think about as well the relationship that you have with President Trump you have a good relationship with the president the relations however between the security services between Pakistan and the United States has suffered over the last several years no doubt over the last several decades what’s it going to take to build that kind of trust back we see why did this relationship suffer between the Pakistan security forces and the u.s. because I objected I did not want Pakistan to become part of this war on terror after 9/11 because Pakistan and nothing to do with 9/11 there was no Pakistani involved al Qaeda was in Afghanistan and I felt you know why would be going into this war when we went into the war as time passed initially there was this romance with General Musharraf because he was fighting America’s war after a while when Musharraf could not deliver what the Americans wanted and he could not deliver he should never have promised them that he could deliver what what was beyond him he could not win America the war in Afghanistan no one could but they were they kept asking we shall have to do more and he kept promising them more but he couldn’t deliver so that’s where the mistrust began this time it is based on trust common objectives this time it is based on the fact that I always believed that there was no military solution in Afghanistan and so does President Trump so now both of us can work for the peace process and we are trying our best it’s not easy because it’s 19 years of this turmoil that is taking place in Afghanistan but it is the only way somehow the Taliban and the Afghan government they get together and work out some sort of a political settlement it is the only way does it worry you that there are such radically different ideologies when it comes to women when it comes to human rights the Taliban versus the Afghan government I was just sitting with Austral ani earlier today and talking about this he was talking about the potential for peace with the Taliban it seemed to echo your statements as well but in terms of what it means for women in that country does that worry you see you see I think you know Indian culture actually it’s a very democratic culture and once they get together I think they’ll work it out it’s not the Taliban of 2001 so much has water has gone under the bridge some little girls will be going to school you think I think so I think that it won’t you will not find them the way they were in 2001 the circumstances were different there was that civil war that had taken place the rape of Kabul has had taken place by one of the warlords it’s not exactly it’s not the same situation now but I feel that the Afghans our democratically minded people they will sit on the table they’ll thrash it out .