Islamabad: Mr. Philip Barton, British High Commissioner to Pakistan called on the Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar at the Finance Ministry on Thursday and discussed matters of mutual interest.

He apprised the Finance Minister that the United Kingdom strongly supports Pakistan’s efforts in fight against terrorism. He said that the international community will provide necessary assistance to Pakistan to meet the challenges of huge internal displacement of people from the areas of operation.

He added that “we stand behind you in this struggle”. He assured the Finance Minister that his Government will continue to support IDPs through World Food Program and other UN agencies.

The Finance Minister informed the High Commissioner that as a result of prudent economic policies of the present government, the economy is moving in the right direction. He said that after the first year of firefighting, the economy is now in a comfortable situation.

The Finance Minister also informed that there has been vast displacement of people from North Waziristan Agency and the Federal Government is fully determined to extend all humanitarian support to assist and rehabilitate the displaced persons.

He said that almost more than half a million residents of the agency have been displaced and the government is utilizing all available means to assist them.

The meeting was also attended by Rana Assad Amin, Advisor to Finance Ministry and Mr. Shahid Mahmood, SA to Finance Minister and other senior officials of the Finance Ministry.

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