BRUSSELS: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday said Pakistan’s wealthy needed to follow in the footsteps of the international community in helping the ravaged nation’s long term recovery.
“It’s absolutely unacceptable for those with means in Pakistan not to be doing their fair share to help their own people while taxpayers in Europe, the United States and other contributing countries are all chipping in,” Clinton said.“The most important step Pakistan can take is to pass meaningful reforms to expand its tax base,”
Clinton said in a public statement as she joined the European Union’s foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton in pledging continued assistance. “The government must require that the economically affluent and elite support the government and people of Pakistan,” she added.
The call came on the eve of a meeting of a key ministerial meeting in Brussels on Friday co-hosted by Ashton and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. The ministerial session of the “Friends of Pakistan” will be looking at the aftermath of the floods that hit Pakistan this summer.-SANA